"A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 28, to federal charges after obtaining student loans in others' names to defraud the U.S. Department of Education of about $150,000," mlive.com reports.
"Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, a 20-year felony, aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory two-year prison term consecutive to any other, and income-tax fraud, a five year felony.
Rogers told Magistrate Judge Phillip Green that he obtained the identities of others and applied for student loans and Pell Grants in their names. He enrolled online at Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College after his aid applications were approved.
He received the loans and grants without actually attending classes, the government said.
Rogers also admitted that he used the personal identification of others to 'file bogus tax returns seeking refunds in the name of others,' the government said."
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Publication Date: 12/5/2017