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Corcoran Resident Arrested for Student Aid Fraud. Fresno, CA., March 26, 2013

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-03-26.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Fresno CA., 03/26/2013 -  Corcoran Resident Arrested for Student Aid Fraud
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THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT of CALIFORNIA
NEWS
United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
www.justice.gov/usao/cae/
Docket #:1:13-cr-00099-AWI-BAM
CONTACT: LAUREN HORWOOD
PHONE: 916-554-2706
usacae.edcapress@usdoj.gov
CORCORAN RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR STUDENT AID FRAUD
Fresno, Calif. — Vera Reed, 55, of Corcoran, was arrested today on an indictment
previously returned by a federal grand jury, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
announced.
The indictment charges Reed with financial aid fraud and theft of government
property, and alleges that she falsely claimed to be a high school graduate so she could
obtain federal Pell Grants totaling $14,812 to attend Fresno City College and West Hills
College in Lemoore. Reed will be arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on
March 27, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting
the case.
If convicted, Reed faces a maximum statutory penalty for financial aid fraud of five
years in prison, and the maximum statutory penalty for theft of government property of 10
years in prison. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court
after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing
Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and
unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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