OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Sacramento CA., 12/03/2013 - Tracy Woman Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Student Loan Fraud Scheme 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 Tracy Woman Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Student Loan Fraud Scheme FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 3, 2013 www.justice.gov/usao/cae/ email@example.com Docket #: 2:12-cr-316 LKK SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Janeigh Mendoza, 32, of Tracy, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton to four years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit student loan fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Mendoza was also ordered to pay $154,596 in restitution. According to court documents, Mendoza was part of a conspiracy to commit student loan fraud by recruiting straw students to sign up for college classes for the purpose of receiving financial aid funds. Mendoza completed the necessary paperwork and online forms necessary to obtain funds for individuals who never intended to attend classes. While some of the individuals Mendoza recruited agreed to have their identities used to commit fraud, other individuals had their personal information used to commit aid without their consent. One individual used by Mendoza had been diagnosed with moderate mental retardation and was residing in an assisted living facility with paid caretakers when she was signed up for college without her knowledge. Mendoza received the student aid funds of that individual on her debit card. Additionally, the personal financial information of that individual was found at Mendoza's address in Tracy during the execution of a federal search warrant. "Preserving federal student assistance funds for deserving students is critical," U.S. Attorney Wagner said. "Today's sentence sends the message that fraud against student assistance programs will not be tolerated." "Federal student aid exists so that individuals can pursue and make their dream of a higher education a reality. As the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Education, ensuring that those who steal student aid or game the system for their own selfish purposes are stopped and held accountable for their criminal actions is a big part of our mission," said Natalie Forbort, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General's Western Regional Office. "That's why I'm proud of the work of OIG special agents and our law enforcement colleagues for holding Ms. Mendoza accountable for her criminal actions." Six defendants including Mendoza have pleaded guilty in this case. Jaymar Brown, 34, of Stockton, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 10, 2013. Michelle Wright, 32, of Stockton, is scheduled to be sentenced on February 4, 2014. Brandy Miner, 37, of Stockton, was sentenced to probation. Kenneth Wright, 35, and Jennifer Brown, 55, of Stockton, were sentenced to time-served. This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Jared C. Dolan is prosecuting the case. #### Top Printable view Last Modified: 12/05/2013 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
Tracy Woman Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Student Loan Fraud Scheme. Sacramento, CA., December 03, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-12-03.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.