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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.

OIG Investigative Reports March 02, 2010 - Lebanon, VA Couple Pled Guilty to Fraud
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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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 driver’s 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.
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