OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Boston MA., December 10, 2014 - Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Student Financial Aid 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 Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS NEWS Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Student Financial Aid Fraud December 10, 2014 BOSTON – A Chelsea man pleaded guilty yesterday to submitting fraudulent financial aid applications to support his daughter’s Harvard College tuition. Joseph N. Fonge, 59, pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud. U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled sentencing for March 4, 2015. Fonge filed fraudulent financial information, including false federal tax returns, in support of applications for financial aid for his daughter while she was a student at Harvard College from 2010 through 2012. Based on the applications, Fonge’s daughter was approved for aid totaling more than $160,000 over the three school years. The same false information was used to support a financial aid application in the amount of $46,600 for Fonge’s second daughter who was attending the University of Rochester in 2010. The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Brian Hickey, Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Regions I & II, made the announcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit. Top Printable view Last Modified: 12/17/2014 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
Chelsea Man Pleads Guilty to Student Financial Aid Fraud. Boston, MA., December 10, 2014
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2014-12-10.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.