OIG Investigative Reports, Release Number: 2001-090 Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigative Reports PRESS RELEASE: RELEASE NUMBER:2001-090 Phoenix, Arizona August 23, 2001 Public Affairs: (602) 514-7500 Two Indicted for Student Loan Fraud PHOENIX, ARIZONA - The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona announced today that a federal grand jury at Phoenix, Arizona, returned a five count indictment against Eduardo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 28 years old, of Phoenix, Arizona, and a separate five count indictment against Bibiano Rodriguez-Becerra, 39 years old, of Phoenix, Arizona. Each indictment alleges that between 1996 to 1998, each defendant on three different occasions falsely used the name and social security number of another person to obtain federally guaranteed student loans, for a total a excess of $10,000, while also falsely claiming to be United States citizens. The federal indictments charge each defendant with violating Title 20 of the United States Code, Section 1097(a), Student Loan Fraud, among other applicable sections. Each defendant has entered a not guilty plea and trial dates have been set for October 2, 2001. A conviction for a violation of Title 20, USC Section 1097(a) carries a maximum penalty of imprisonment for five years, a $20,000 fine, or both. An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by Special Agents of the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Education, Los Angeles, California. The prosecution is being handled by Richard L. Mesh, Assistant United States Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 02/28/2005 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Student Loan Fraud Indictment Phoenix, Arizona, August 23, 2001
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2001-08-23.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.