OIG Investigative Reports March 02, 2010 - Lebanon, VA Couple Pled Guilty to 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 Report The United States Attorneys Office Western District of Virginia Department of Justice United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy Western District of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 2, 2010 CONTACT: Brian McGinn PHONE: 540-857-2974 FAX: 540-857-2179 EMAIL: Brian.McGinn@usdoj.gov www.usdoj.gov/usao/vaw LEBANON, VA COUPLE PLED GUILTY TO FRAUD Brian And Miranda Salyer Stole More Than $173,000 ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- A couple from Lebanon, Virginia, who bilked several banks out of more than $173,000 by receiving 15 fraudulent education loans, pled guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to conspiracy to commit fraud. Brian Salyer, 32 and his wife, Miranda Salyer, 29, both of Lebanon, Virginia, waived their right to indictment and pled guilty yesterday to an information. Brian Salyer pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Miranda Salyer pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud. Educational loans allow motivated people the opportunity to better themselves at institutes of higher learning. Those loans are not meant to be criminal income streams for con-artists like the defendants in this case, United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. It is our duty to protect the lending institutions who provide opportunities to students across the country from falling victim to schemes like the one uncovered in this case. I am proud of the work of OIG special agents in holding the Salyers accountable for their criminal actions, said Mary Mitchelson, acting Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. We will continue to aggressively pursue those who misappropriate education funds. America's students and taxpayers deserve nothing less. According to a statement of facts entered today in court, beginning in 2004 and continuing until 2007, Brian and Miranda Salyer submitted 15 fraudulent student loan applications to various lending institutions. These applications caused false pay outs of more than $173,668 to be received by the couple. The loan applications were submitted to lenders in Colorado, Massachusetts, Florida and New York. In order to secure many of the fraudulent loans, the couple used a fraudulent signature of Miranda Salyer’s grandfather. The grandfather had previously agreed to co-sign for one student loan for hisgranddaughter, but not multiple loans. In addition to forging the Miranda’s grandfather’s signature, the couple also submitted information from his drivers license without his consent. The investigation of the case was conducted by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Ashley B. Neese is prosecuting the case for the United States. Top Printable view Last Modified: 03/10/2010 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
Lebanon, VA Couple Pled Guilty to Fraud. Abingdon, VA., March 02, 2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-03-02.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.