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Student Loan Fraud Co-Conspirators Fail Ethics Test

Student loan fraud was a lucrative business for a Pinellas County man and his co-conspirator, until they were caught cheating the U.S. Department of Education out of more than $460,000 in fraudulent student aid. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that the president of...

The Worst of Intentions

Some people can have the best of intentions. For instance, you might remember a month in advance that your spouse's birthday is coming up. You may have the best intention of making fine dining reservations, booking a babysitter and wrapping a special gift. Then...

Scared Yet?

The only things an identity thief needs for obtaining a student loan are your name, birthdate, address and Social Security number. These are the keys to establishing a Federal Student Aid ID and to creating a fraudulent loan account without your knowledge. (By the...

Facing Fraud

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, nearly $11 billion was spent on more than 10 million cosmetic procedures during 2012. How far will someone go to fund the cost of these procedures (which cost a mint)? United Press International (UPI) posted...

Listen Up Students

The days of punishing students with detention may quickly be changing to prison time. You mean to say that students will serve jail time for skipping classes? No, not quite; however, college students seeking to defraud the government through student aid programs could face...

A Fake Institution

The term ''Diploma Mill'' refers to an unaccredited institution of higher learning that offers a degree, diploma or certificate for a fee. The credential received usually requires little or no work and is generally worthless. According to an article in the San...

Admissions Fraud

College admissions are competitive. (That’s why high school seniors are encouraged to apply to multiple schools with the hopes of getting into at least one of their favorites.) When a Carmel, Indiana woman applied to her favored university and got rejected, she committed student...

A Failing Grade

Think back to your college days. Remember your fall semester? Groups of students were probably walking through the campus on their way to class, backpacks on and minds open. The lively setting was full of books, new sneakers, to-go coffees and fraud. Wait...fraud? According...

Ex-inmate Sentenced for Student Loan Fraud

According to the KSDK.com article, Michelle Owens—an ex-inmate from the South Carolina Correctional Institution—used her prison job in the educational office to gather other inmates' personal information. She then used that information to apply to be a student at Webster University, where she...

A Lesson in Trades

Okay, students... take out your paper and pens – it's time to take notes. Now, when you plan on committing student loan fraud, there are a few things you should know. But, the golden rule is this? don't get caught. According to a Tuscaloosa...
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