OIG Investigative Reports, Identity Theft and Fraud Ring Arrested 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 Report News Release: August 25, 2005 Fresno County Sheriff's Department 2200 Fresno Street Fresno, California 93721 Richard Pierce, Sheriff Sergeant Michael Lancaster Vice / Intelligence Unit 559-452-1295 Identity Theft and Fraud Ring Arrested A joint investigation between the Fresno County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Inspector General Agents resulted in ten arrests warrants issued for individuals living throughout the county of Fresno. The arrest warrants were served on Wednesday, August 24, 2005 by the two agencies. The 31-count criminal complaint was filed on August 24, 2005 in the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno. The complaint listed the defendants as WANDA L. BOURNES, age 31, PAULETTE PULLEN, age 33, LATASHA M. MAJOR, age 26, AURELIO R. SANTIAGO JR., age 22, MONIQUE L. GRANT, age 36, SABRINA L. GORDON, age 28, LAWANA PEARSON, age 28, NICOLE WHEELER, age 32, SHARICE WILLIAMS, age 31, and ALICE WILLIAMS, age 52, all of Fresno. The investigation developed that the group used their identities and others' identities to fraudulently obtain approximately $20,000 in Federal Student Aid funds and State Board of Governors fee waivers through Fresno Community College in the 2003-2004 school year. The grand theft charges involve theft of credit cards and/or bankcards of other individuals. The grand theft total is estimated to be approximately $40,000. The U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General and the State Community College Police located at Fresno City College initially investigated the fraudulent scheme. The financial aid portion of the investigation was initiated after an anonymous tip was received. The identity theft and grand theft portion of the investigation was initiated after a county employee noticed suspicious charges on their bankcard. This case is being investigated by Special Agents with the Department of Education Office of the Inspector General, detectives from the Fresno County Sheriff's Department Vice/Intelligence Unit, and is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Roger Wilson. Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 11/17/2005 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
Identity Theft and Fraud Ring Arrested. Fresno, CA, August 8, 2005
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2005-08-08.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.