OIG Investigative Reports, Jury Finds Harvey School Board President Guilty of Financial Aid Fraud 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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago, IL October 10, 2003 Office of the Illinois Attorney General Contacts: Melissa Merz (312) 814-3118 877-844-5461 (TTY) firstname.lastname@example.org Jury Finds Harvey School Board President Guilty of Financial Aid Fraud Chicago – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today said a Stephenson County jury last night found Harvey School Board President and Bloom Township High School teacher Janet Thomas guilty of one count of state benefits fraud, one count of theft from the State of Illinois and one count of theft from the U.S. Department of Education. All three of the counts are Class 3 felonies, each punishable by up to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The jury deliberated for approximately an hour-and-a-half before returning mid-evening with the verdict. Thomas had been accused of falsifying her income on her son’s financial aid applications for both the state and federal governments. Because of the false information, she was able to help her son, Derrick Fomby, obtain M.A.P. and Pell Grants. Fomby used the funds to attend Highland Community College in Freeport in Stephenson County. Fomby last week pleaded guilty to the same three charges his mother was convicted of last night. He admitted on the stand during his mother’s trial that he used some of the grant money to buy personal items such as gym shoes. “Ms. Thomas is a public servant who has violated the public trust,” Madigan said. “She aided her son in taking money that could have and should have gone to young people who truly needed financial aid to pursue their educations. As an educator, she should know the value of learning.” Thomas was earning $80,000 a year at the time she falsified her income on the applications. She also reaped income from 10 or more rental properties. Stephenson County Judge Charles Hartman is scheduled to sentence Thomas on April 15 and Fomby on April 23. According to news reports, both mother and son also allegedly are employed by the City of Harvey. Assistant Attorneys General Peter Buh and Joelle Marasco prosecuted the case for Madigan’s office. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 02/28/2005 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
Harvey School Board President Guilty Of Financial Aid Fraud. Chicago, March 11, 2004
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2004-03-11.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.