OIG Investigative Reports, St Louis, MO December 16, 2010 - Hazelwood Woman Indicted on Federal Charges 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 UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI RICHARD G. CALLAHAN United States Attorney NEWS RELEASE For further information call (314) 539-2200 December 16, 2010 For Immediate Release Hazelwood Woman Indicted on Federal Charges St. Louis, MO: The United States Attorney's Office announced today that LEONETTA LANE of Hazelwood was indicted for defrauding three separate government programs over the past several years. The indictment alleges that Lane was employed for a private tax service from 2003 to 2009 and then with the Internal Revenue Service from 2009 to 2010. During this time, Lane was representing to the Department of Education, the Social Security Administration and the Department of Agriculture that she was totally disabled and unable to work. Lane also allegedly mislead her health care provider about her ability to work. In reliance on Lane's false statements about her disability, the Department of Education forgave more than $75,000 in student loans, and the Social Security Administration and Department of Agriculture paid out tens of thousands of dollars more in benefits to Lane. Lane was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of filing a false statement relating to her student loans, a second false statement count relating to her Social Security benefits and a count for illegally receiving benefits from the Department of Agriculture.. If convicted, counts related to false statements to the Department of Education (Count I) and Social Security (Count II) are punishable by up to 10 years or $250,000 fine. Counts related to unlawful receipt of benefits (Count III) is punishable by up to 5 years or a $10,000 fine. The case was investigated by agents with Departments of Education, Treasury and Agriculture and the Social Security Administration. Tom Albus is handling the case for the United States Attorney's Office. As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. Top Printable view Last Modified: 12/30/2010 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
Hazelwood Woman Indicted on Federal Charges. St Louis, MO., December 16, 2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-12-16.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.