OIG Investigative Reports, Washington, DC-December 14, 2010 - Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Accessing Confidential Student Loan Files 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 Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WWW.USDOJ.GOV Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Accessing Confidential Student Loan Files WASHINGTON – An Illinois woman pleaded guilty today to illegally accessing numerous confidential student loan files, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division announced. Charlotte M. Robinson, 46, of Dolton, Ill., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox in the Northern District of Illinois to a one-count criminal information charging her with unauthorized computer access. Robinson is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2011. According to court documents, Robinson worked as a full-time employee in the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Division of the Department of Education, where her responsibilities included reviewing and processing student loan complaints within the FSA Office of the Ombudsman. In pleading guilty, Robinson admitted that she had access to the National Student Loan Database System (NSLDS), which contained confidential federal student loan records maintained by the Department of Education. These student loan records included, among other information, the borrower’s full name, date of birth, Social Security number, type of federal loan, loan balances, place of enrollment and loan servicer. Confidential records maintained in NSLDS are protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, and access by Department of Education employees is strictly limited to official government duties. Robinson admitted that between April 2006 and May 2009, she logged into NSLDS, which became fully automated in approximately 2006, and repeatedly searched for and viewed the confidential student loan records of several hundred people, including musicians, actors, family members, friends and other individuals. Robinson admitted that she had no official government reason to access and to view these student loan records applications, and that her sole purpose in accessing and viewing these records was idle curiosity. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Eric G. Olshan of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section. This case was investigated by the Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Printable view Last Modified: 12/16/2010 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
Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty to Illegally Accessing Confidential Student Loan Files. Washington, DC., December 14, 2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-12-14.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.