OIG Investigative Reports, Dallas, TX. May 22, 2013 - Dallas Woman Charged With 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 Investigative Reports THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE NORTHERN DISTRICT of TEXAS NEWS Dallas Woman Charged With Financial Aid Fraud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 22, 2013 DALLAS – Sussette Sheree Timmons, 30, of Dallas, was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday on multiple counts of financial aid fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. The indictment alleges that Timmons applied for and received financial aid from six schools that offered distance learning programs via the Internet. Timmons allegedly never intended to use the disbursed financial aid funds for education and instead intended to embezzle, misapply, steal and obtain the funds for her own personal use. Timmons applied for, and received financial aid from: New Mexico State University, Western New Mexico University, Ashford University, Northern New Mexico College, Coconino Community College and Pima Community College. She enrolled in classes at the schools and the awarded financial aid was applied to her tuition and fees. As part of the financial aid, Timmons also received disbursement checks which she cashed, even though she had no intention of using those funds for authorized educational expenses and purposes. The indictment further alleges that Timmons not only did not intend to complete, but she did not complete any of the classes for which she enrolled, and she did not intend to pursue an education at the schools. When asked by the institutions to return or refund the financial aid, she refused. In 2011, when one of the schools suspended her financial aid, Timmons appealed. That school rejected her appeal, stating that she had withdrawn from 13 colleges or universities since 2009. A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. The indictment charges Timmons with six counts of financial institution fraud. If convicted, each count carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. In addition, restitution could be ordered. The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is in charge of the prosecution. Top Printable view Last Modified: 06/19/2013 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
Dallas Woman Charged With financial Aid Fraud. Dallas, TX., May 22, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-05-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.