Investigation Press Release Savannah, GA, July 13, 2011 - Savannah Residents Charged With 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 Department of Justice United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver Southern District of Georgia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/13/2011 CONTACT: JAMES D. DURHAM FIRST ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY (912) 341-7842 Savannah Residents Charged With Student Loan Fraud SAVANNAH, GA - MAKARA PRINGLE, 33, MICHAEL PRINGLE, 29, and RENADA GIVENS, 29, all of Savannah, were indicted today by a federal grand jury for their roles in a scheme to defraud the United States of college student loan money. United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver said, "The defendants, none of whom completed high school, are charged with stealing money from the United States that was meant to put deserving students through college. It has been said that education is the key that unlocks all doors. Frauds like these, however, are keys to but one door, a federal prison cell." The indictment alleges that the defendants, none of whom received a high school diploma or GED, made and caused to be made false statements on federal college student loan applications. As a result, over $40,000 in student loan and grant money was unlawfully received, most of which was spent by the defendants and others on personal items. MAKARA and MICHAEL PRINGLE are specifically charged with conspiring to commit financial aid fraud and making false statements to commit that fraud. RENADA GIVENS is charged with a single count of lying on a federal student loan application. Each of these crimes carry a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Mr. Tarver emphasized that an indictment is only an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the Government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The indictment arises out of an investigation by the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Education. Assistant United States Attorney Charlie Bourne is prosecuting the case for the United States. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 341-7842. 42-11 Top Printable view Last Modified: 07/15/2011 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
Savannah Residents Charged With Student Loan Fraud. Savannah, GA., July 13, 2011
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-07-13.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.