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Smith County Woman Sentenced to Prison for Student Financial Aid Fraud. Tyler, TX., November 18, 2014

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2014-11-18.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, Tyler TX., November 18, 2014 - Smith County Woman Sentenced to Prison for Student Financial Aid Fraud
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THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
United States Attorney John M. Bales
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
http://www.justice.gov/usao/txe
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Smith County Woman Sentenced to Prison for Student Financial Aid Fraud
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2014
TYLER, Texas – A 32-year-old Flint, Texas woman has been sentenced to federal prison for violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
Mindy Ritch pleaded guilty on May 5, 2014, to student financial aid fraud and was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.  Ritch was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $564,447.72.
According to information presented in court, from January 2010 to February 2013, Ritch fraudulently obtained funds from the Federal Pell Grant Program and the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program to which she was not entitled.  Ritch was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 26, 2013.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Tyler Junior College Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld prosecuted this case.
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