OIG Investigative Reports, Illegal Immigrant Charged in $47,770 Student Loan Fraud 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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2004 U.S. Department of Justice Office of the United States Attorney District of Arizona for Information Contact Public Affairs SANDY RAYNOR Telephone: (602) 514-7625 Cell: (602) 525-2681 Illegal Immigrant Charged in $47,770 Student Loan Fraud PHOENIX - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona announced that on August 4, 2004, a federal grand jury at Phoenix, returned a three count indictment against JESUS JOSE SERRANO-GIL, DOB 3-7-76, of Glendale, Arizona. The indictment alleges that SERRANO-GIL falsely claimed to be a United States Citizen, and by so doing obtained Federal Student Aid. The defendant is currently in custody on these charges. He was arrested on a complaint on July 20, 2004. According to the complaint, only U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are eligible for Federal Student Aid, such as Stafford Loans and Pell Grants. The complaint alleges that SERRANQ-GIL presented Arizona State University with a birth certificate showing he was born in Maricopa County, Arizona. and was able to obtain approximately $47.770 in Federal Student Aid between 1997 and December of 2000, by falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. The complaint alleges the birth certificate was counterfeit, and SERRANO-GIL was a citizen of Mexico. The federal indictment charges SERRANQ-GIL with violating Title 20 of the United States Code, Section 1097(a), Student Aid Fraud; Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 641, Theft of Government Property; Title 18 of the United States Code. Section 911, False Claim to Citizenship A conviction for Student Loan Fraud carries a maximum penalty of 5 year(s), a $250,000 fine or both; Theft of Government property carries a maximum penalty of 10year(s), a $250,000 fine or both; False Claim to Citizenship a maximum penalty of 3 year(s}, a $250,000 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 the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Border Patrol. The prosecution is being handled by Daniel R. Drake, Assistant U.S. Attorney. District of Arizona, Phoeni. 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
Illegal Immigrant Charged in $47,770 Student Loan Fraud. Arizona, August 4, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-08-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.