OIG Investigative Reports, Jackson MS, November 4, 2011 - Twelve Mississippians 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 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Southern District of Mississippi FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2011 TWELVE MISSISSIPPIANS CHARGED WITH STUDENT LOAN FRAUD Jackson, Miss - A federal grand jury has indicted twelve Mississippians for their involvement in a scheme to defraud the United States Department of Education of federal student aid funds, U.S. Attorney John Dowdy announced today. Stephanie R. Brewer a/k/a Stephanie R. Williams, 41, Kashayla Henry, 32, Laketa Vaughn, 31, and Laketra Vaughn, 31, of Columbus; Shawanda Bryant, 36, Frances Rigdon, 35, Lakeisha Smith, 28, Shameka Smith, 29, Shanika Smith, 25, Tommie Wallace, 44, and Santario Yates, 21, of Macon; and Cedrick Thomas, 29, of Shuqualak, were charged in the 22-count indictment returned on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The charges include mail fraud, financial aid fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and financial aid fraud. According to the indictment, the defendants prepared and submitted fraudulent student admission applications and loan applications, and received federal financial aid when they never intended to attend the online courses. The indictment alleges that Stephanie Brewer expected a “fee” or “cut” of approximately $800.00 from the federal financial aid awarded to each fraudulent student. As a result, over $52,000 in student loan and grant funds were unlawfully disbursed to these defendants. The case is scheduled for trial on January 9, 2012 before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson. If found guilty, Stephanie Brewer, who is named in all 22 counts of the indictment, faces a maximum penalty of 260 years in prison. Kashayla Henry faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and each of the remaining defendants face a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Agents from the United States Department of Education Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation in this case. U.S. Attorney Dowdy noted that, as in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The charges filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct. ### Top Printable view Last Modified: 11/10/2011 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
Twelve Mississippians Charged with Student Loan Fraud. Jackson, MS., November 04, 2011
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-11-04.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.