OIG Investigative Reports Press Release, Pittsburgh PA, 04/25/2013 - Cranberry Township Woman Pleads Guilty in Student Loan Fraud Scheme 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 WESTERN DISTRICT of PENNSYLVANIA NEWS Cranberry Township Woman Pleads Guilty in Student Loan Fraud Scheme FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE www.justice.gov/usao/paw April 25, 2013 PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Cranberry Township, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of bank fraud and mail fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. Meredith Shuster, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Shuster fraudulently obtained $729,000 in private lender student loans through using the identities and financial information of her parents. Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Aug. 8, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 50 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Pending sentencing, the court continued Shuster on bond. Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The United States Postal Inspection Service, Postal Inspector Molly Hackimer, the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Meredith L. Shuster. Top Printable view Last Modified: 04/29/2013 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
Cranberry Township Woman Pleads Guilty in Student Loan Fraud Scheme. Pittsburgh, PA., April 25, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-04-25.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.