OIG Investigative Reports, Former Barton County Community College Assistant Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement and Mail 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 Report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2005 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney District of Kansas Eric Melgren, U.S. Attorney Kansas City Office 500 State Avenue Suite 360 Kansas City, Kansas 66101 Contact: Jim Cross Tel: (316)269-6481 FORMER BARTON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT AND MAIL FRAUD WICHITA, KAN. - United States Attorney Eric Melgren announced that Matthew B. Skillman, 30, St. Louis, Missouri, entered a guilty plea on September 19, 2005, before U.S. District Judge Wesley E. Brown to one count of embezzlement from student assistance programs and one count of mail fraud. Melgren said that Skillman admitted at his plea that for approximately eight months during 2002 and 2003, Skillman was employed as an assistant men’s basketball coach/ instructor at Barton County Community College (BCCC) in Great Bend, Kansas. Skillman further admitted that during this same eight month period, he was involved in two different schemes that resulted in a monetary loss to the United States Department of Education (DOE) and the BCCC. Skillman admitted that, along with other coaching staff, he prepared and submitted time sheets representing that student/athletes worked in the campus employment program or Federal Work Study program to DOE and BCCC and that he knew the work had not been performed by the student/athletes. Based upon these representations, BCCC and DOE paid the student/athletes for the work allegedly completed. Skillman further admitted that he participated in a scheme involving academic fraud at BCCC. Skillman admitted that on numerous occasions he completed academic work on behalf of student/athletes. Skillman admitted that he completed required course work for student/athletes at BCCC so that the student/athletes would obtain and achieve associate’s degrees that these student/athletes were not entitled to receive. Skillman further admitted that BCCC mailed documents from Great Bend, Kansas, to the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, representing that a student/athlete had completed and earned an associates’ degree when he knew the student/athlete was not entitled to receive the degree. Skillman faces a maximum of five years in federal prison, without parole, for embezzlement from student assistance programs and a maximum of twenty years for mail fraud. Sentencing is set for December 5, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. Melgren commended the excellent work of the Department of Education Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service in this investigation. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 09/21/2005 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
Former Barton County Community College Assistant Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement and Mail Fraud. Wichita, KS, September 20, 2005
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2005-09-20.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.