OIG Investigative Reports, November 21, 2011 Riverside, CA - Paso Robles Woman Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Filing Application that Contained Forged Signatures for $35 Million in Federal Grants to Fund After-School Programs in Coachella Valley 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 Reports NEWS RELEASE André Birotte Jr United States Attorney Central District of California For Immediate Distribution July 07, 2011 Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer (213) 894-6947 firstname.lastname@example.org www.justice.gov/usao/cac Los Angeles County Probation Officer Arrested for Wire Fraud for Fraudulently Obtaining Sdudent Aid RIVERSIDE, California – A Los Angeles County Probation officer was arrested this morning on federal wire fraud charges that allege she bilked the federal financial aid system by using two identities to fraudulently obtain financial assistance. Angenette Thomas, 43, of Rialto, was arrested at her place of employment in San Dimas by special agents with the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Inspector General. A criminal complaint filed June 29 in United States District Court alleges that Thomas obtained federal student loans and grants to attend several local colleges, including Platt College; University of La Verne; California State University, Fullerton; California State University, San Bernardino; and National University in La Jolla. After Thomas defaulted on many of these loans, she applied for more financial aid in March 2009 and falsely claimed she was not in default on a federal student loan. According to the complaint, when Thomas was rejected for financial aid after it was discovered she was in default on her student loans, she used a second name and social security number to again apply for federal student aid. In this application, Thomas claimed she had never attended college and earned no income in 2008. Based on these representations, she received more federal student aid. The complaint alleges that Thomas altogether received more than $135,000 in federal student aid, of which at least $18,000 was by fraud. The complaint also alleges that, when interviewed by federal agents in January 2011, Thomas lied about her employment and education. A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. Thomas is expected to make her initial court appearance this afternoon in federal court in Riverside. If convicted of wire fraud, Thomas would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The case against Thomas is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Inspector General. CONTACT: Assistant United States Attorney Jerry C. Yang   Riverside Branch Office   (951) 275-6221 Release No. 11-095 Top Printable view Last Modified: 02/23/2012 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
Paso Robles Woman Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Filing Application that Contained Forged Signatures for $35 Million in Federal Grants to Fund After-School Programs in Coachella Valley. Riverside, CA., November 21, 2011
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-11-21.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.