OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Fresno, CA., 07/22/2013 - Guilty Plea in Financial Fraud Scheme Involving Community Colleges 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 Guilty Plea in Financial Fraud Scheme Involving Community Colleges FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE www.usdoj.gov/usao/cae Monday, July 22, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org Docket #:1:12-cr-264-AWI FRESNO, Calif. — Shauna Marie Fabrega, 32, of Palmdale, pleaded guilty today to seven counts of mail fraud in a federal student aid fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. This case is a product of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case. According to the indictment, from June 2010 to January 2012, Fabrega recruited individuals to act as straw students and to apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds with her assistance at Bakersfield College, Cerro Cosso Community College, and Santa Barbara Community College. The applicants were not students and did not intend to attend classes. Fabrega also applied for FSA funds in her own name and enrolled herself in courses at the three schools. She was not eligible to enroll in such courses because she was not a high school graduate. In addition, Fabrega obtained identification information from individuals without their knowledge and used that information to apply for FSA funds. As a result, the Department of Education lost more than $70,000. Fabrega is scheduled to be sentenced on December 9, 2013, by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. The maximum sentence for mail fraud is 20 years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. #### Top Printable view Last Modified: 07/29/2013 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
Guilty Plea in Financial Fraud Scheme Involving Community Colleges. Fresno, CA., July 22, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-07-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.