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Quincy Man Jailed for Lying on Student Loan Application. Boston, MA., May 09, 2011

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-05-09.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, Boston, MA May 02, 2011 - Quincy Man Jailed for Lying on Student Loan Application
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May 02,, 2011
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QUINCY MAN JAILED FOR LYING ON STUDENT LOAN APPLICATION
BOSTON, Mass. - A Quincy man was sentenced today to four months in prison for
having fraudulently obtained federal student loans.
THOMAS N. BYRNES III , 50, of Quincy, was sentenced today by United States
District Judge Nancy Gertner to four months incarceration to be followed by three years
supervised release for falsifying a student loan application.
In June 2008, BYRNES  submitted a promissory note to American Student Assistance
and Wachovia Education Finance in applying for a Federal Stafford Loan. In the promissory
note, which  BYRNES submitted via the Internet, he represented that he was not then in default
on any other student loans, when in fact he had defaulted on multiple student loans taken out in
the 1990s. BYRNES took the 1990s loans out by using his, then four year old, son’s Social
Security Number. As a result of his deception, Wachovia Education Finance issued student loans
and work study monies to Quincy College on his behalf in 2008 totaling $7,396.00.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Brian Hickey, Regional Inspector General
for Investigations, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Region I and II,
made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan
Mitchell of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.
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