OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Fresno, CA., 07/12/2013 - Four Convicted For Participation In Student Aid Fraud Ring 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 Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT of CALIFORNIA NEWS United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner Eastern District of California Four Convicted For Participation In Student Aid Fraud Ring FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Docket #: 1-12-cr-00031-AWI Friday, July 12, 2013 FRESNO, Calif.— United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Keith Lazell Woolridge, Sr., 41, of Fresno, California, was convicted on Thursday of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The guilty verdict was returned by a federal court jury in Fresno after a three day jury trial before United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. The jury verdict followed a guilty plea the morning of trial by Piersha Dwan Woolridge, 34, of Atwater, California, to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Earlier in the month, Yvette Maura August, 41, of Atwater, California and Kim Rene Grey, 39, of Los Banos, California, pled guilty to charges arising out of the same scheme. Keith Woolridge is scheduled to be sentenced October 31, 2013. According to testimony presented at trial, Keith Woolridge participated in a conspiracy to defraud the United States Department of Education of federal student aid funds. The conspirators enrolled themselves and others as students in online courses at universities, even though they did not qualify for federal student aid and did not otherwise intend to attend college. In one case, Keith Woolridge stole the identity of a person to enroll her in college and collect student aid funds in her name, without the victim’s knowledge. The case was the product of an investigation by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Mark J. McKeon and Grant B. Rabenn prosecuted the case. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud or mail fraud is twenty years in prison. The penalty for aggravated identity theft is a mandatory two years in prison, to be consecutive to any other sentence. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors. #### Top Printable view Last Modified: 07/24/2013 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
Four Convicted For Participation In Student Aid Fraud Ring. Fresno, CA., July 12, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-07-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.