OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Fresno, CA., 08/03/2015 - Atwater Woman Sentenced for Student Aid Fraud and Identity Theft 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 Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of California Atwater Woman Sentenced for Student Aid Fraud and Identity Theft FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 3, 2015 www.justice.gov/usao/cae/ firstname.lastname@example.org FRESNO, Calif. — Sherise Lanelle Woolridge, 33, of Atwater, was sentenced today for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for her role in a student aid fraud scheme, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill sentenced her to four and a half years in prison and ordered her to pay $347,732 in restitution. According to court documents, Woolridge participated in a scheme to defraud the United States Department of Education of student aid grants and loans. She submitted false financial aid applications to Axia College at the University of Phoenix and Capella University on behalf of students who did not intend to attend either school. She also used stolen or wrongfully obtained personal identifying information of another person to apply for college financial aid. As a result of the scheme to defraud, more than $370,000 in grants and loans were disbursed. Federal student aid exists so that individuals can pursue and make their dream of a higher education a reality. It is not, as Ms. Woolridge just found out, a personal slush fund,” said Natalie Forbort, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Western Regional Office. “I’m proud of the work of OIG special agents and our law enforcement colleagues for holding Ms. Woolridge accountable for her criminal actions. Her sentence should serve as a warning to anyone who intentionally steals or misappropriates Federal student aid dollars: you will be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” This case is the result of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s criminal investigations aimed at shutting down fraudulent schemes that seek to exploit federal student aid programs. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service assisted in the investigation. United States Attorney Mark J. McKeon is prosecuting the case. #### Top Printable view Last Modified: 08/14/2015 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 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 Apply for a Grant Eligibility for Grants 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 Press Releases FAQs Budget, Performance Subscribe to E-Mail Updates Notices FOIAPrivacyAccessibilitySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Atwater Woman Sentenced for Student Aid Fraud and Identity Theft. Fresno, CA., August 3, 2015
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2015-08-03.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.