Louisiana: New Orleans Woman Gets 33 Months In Prison For Financial Aid Scam

"A federal judge sentenced a New Orleans woman to nearly three years in prison this week for a scam in which she reaped more than $110,000 in federal financial aid by enrolling at several colleges under other people’s names or using her own name while forging transcripts and supplying other false information," The New Orleans Advocate reports.

"Southern University at New Orleans, the University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University and Colorado State University were among the schools that accepted the applications from Renata Foreman, in her name and those of nine others. The schools took some of the nearly $200,000 in financial aid she was awarded and sent the rest to Foreman, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr.’s office.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced Foreman to 33 months in prison and ordered her to pay $191,617 in restitution.

According to a factual basis underlying Foreman’s guilty plea in October to theft of government funds, mail fraud and identity theft, she developed the scheme in 2005 and continued to cash financial aid proceeds until 2012."

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