OIG Investigative Reports, United States reaches a settlement with Keane regarding federal student financial aid fraud and false statements 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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2008 U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Eastern District of Pennsylvania 615 Chestnut Street Suite 1250 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-4476 Contact: (215) 861-8200 United States reaches a settlement with Keane regarding federal student financial aid fraud and false statements. PHILADELPHIA - Acting Assistant United States Attorney Laurie Magid today announced that the government has reached a settlement with Lisa Ann Keane, of Philadelphia, to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act regarding federal student loans. Keane will pay the United States $62,000 to resolve allegations that she falsified federal student financial aid applications in order to obtain college financial aid from the Department of Education ("DOE") for the benefit of her sons. The Higher Education Act authorizes the United States to offer student financial assistance, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and subsidized Perkins Loans and Stafford Loans. These programs are administered by DOE and provide federal monies to eligible post-secondary students in financial need. Eligibility is based on an evaluation of income. If a student has been supported by his or her parents in the previous year, then the student is considered a dependent student and both parents' income for the previous year is used to determine financial need. "The positive results achieved through this case, and cases like this one, will help to send a message," said Magid. "The government is serious about protecting the sanctity of the federal student financial assistance programs for those individuals who are in true need of financial assistance." According to the allegations in the Complaint filed today, during the school years 1998 through 2003, Lisa Ann Keane fraudulently omitted her husband's income in the federal student financial aid applications she filed on behalf of her sons, thus, qualifying her sons for federal student financial aid to which they were not entitled. This case was investigated by Agent Geoff Wood of DOE's Office of Inspector General and was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Jacqueline Romero and Virginia Powell. Top Printable view Share this page Last Modified: 08/22/2008 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
United States reaches a settlement with Keane regarding federal student financial aid fraud and false statements Philadelphia, PA, August 12, 2008
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2008-08-12.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.