OIG Investigative Reports, Sacramento Woman Pleads Guilty to Participating in Federal Student Loan 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 United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner Eastern District of California For Immediate Release Monday, September 27, 2010 www.usdoj.gov/usao/cae Contactt: Lauren Horwood (916) 554-2706 firstname.lastname@example.org Docket #: 2:09-CR-00422-WBS SACRAMENTO WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN FRAUD RING SACRAMENTO, Calif. — United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that, Jewel Minor, 24, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge William B. Shubb to a conspiracy to commit student loan fraud. This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the United States Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Hobler. Also charged in the case are Nakesha Sharrieff, aka Takiyah Raheem, aka Aysia Hanifah Kahan, 23; Thomas Keys, 23; Hoa Tasha Kelly, aka Tasha Kelly, 24; and Teaona Williams, 25; all of Sacramento. Co-defendant Jarmal Duplessis, 22, pleaded guilty on August 9, 2010, and is expected to be sentenced on November 4, 2010. According to the guilty plea, Minor admitted that in June 2008, Teaona Williams recruited her to be a “straw student,” obtaining student loan funds without going to school. Williams introduced Minor to Sharrieff, who signed Minor up for student loan funds. Minor’s checks were sent to an address rented by co-defendant Hoa (Tasha) Kelly. Minor met Sharrieff at a bank, Sharrieff gave Minor the checks in an envelope that had Minor’s “cut” of the proceeds written on it. Minor cashed the checks, then split the money with Sharrieff. Minor agreed to and did recruit additional students for Sharrieff in exchange for a portion of the money obtained. Minor also let Sharrieff use Minor’s address to receive checks for other straw students, in exchange for additional payment. After Minor became involved in the conspiracy, the scheme netted approximately $118,000 in federally provided or insured student loan funds. Minor is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Shubb on December 13, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. She faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The actual sentence, however, will 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. As to the charged defendants, the charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt." Printable view Last Modified: 09/29/2010 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
Sacramento Woman Pleads Guilty to Participating in Federal Student Loan Fraud Ring. Sacramento, CA 09/27/2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-09-27.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.