OIG Investigative Reports,Tampa, FL. January 09, 2013 - Largo Woman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Tax And Student Loan 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 THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA NEWS Largo Woman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Tax And Student Loan Fraud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 09, 2014 Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia Covington today sentenced Katherine Rumph-Smith (44, Largo) to four years in federal prison for defrauding student financial aid and filing false claims with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Court also ordered Rumph-Smith to make restitution to the IRS, in the amount of $110,971, and to the Federal Stafford Loan Program, in the amount of $22,350. Rumph-Smith pleaded guilty on October 10, 2013. According to court documents, Rumph-Smith had previously procured several student loans with outstanding balances, then had the balances discharged due to a disability. In order to obtain further student loans, she submitted physician forms, with the physician's signature forged by her, saying that her condition had improved, and agreeing to repay her prior loan balances. Rumph-Smith then applied for additional student loans to attend Walden University, which she did not attend, and obtained over $27,000 in loans, from which a total of $22,350 was disbursed to her. In connection with the IRS, Rumph-Smith created four fictitious Florida corporations and then filed corporate tax returns claiming over $500,000 in refundable tax credits on behalf of the corporations. Also, she opened bank accounts in the names of the corporations, where refunds from the fraudulent corporate tax returns were directly deposited. She used these funds for personal expenses and admitted that these corporations were created solely for the purpose of filing false corporate tax returns and were not operational in any manner whatsoever. This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Inspector General. It was being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kelley C. Howard-Allen and Sara Sweeney. ### Top Printable view Last Modified: 01/13/2014 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
Largo Woman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison For Tax And Student Loan Fraud.. Tampa, FL., January 09, 2014
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2014-01-09.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.