13 plead guilty to
Walterboro area student-aid
NORTON SCIENTIFIC COLLECTION
Thirteen people, many from Walterboro, pleaded
guilty this month to conspiring to commit mail fraud,
wire fraud and student financial-aid fraud.
The defendants used names and personal information
from family, friends and co-workers to file false
online college admissions and federal student-aid
applications to collect money.
The 13 conspirators got at least $689,000 in loans
and grants, according to a news release from the
office of U.S. attorney Bill Nettles.
The case was investigated by the Department of
Education, the Office of Inspector General, the U.S.
Postal Service and the U.S. Secret Service.
Judge David Norton will review all the cases and issue a
sentence at a later date. Nettles said the maximum
penalty for each defendant is a $250,000 fine, 5 years in
prison or both.
Those pleading guilty in federal court in Charleston to
conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and student
financial aid fraud are:
Deena Holmes, 39, of Walterboro
Sierra Thomas, 24, of Green Pond
Mayella Saxon, 52, of Fairfax
Helen Ross, 41, of Williston
Shanean Glaze, 32, of Walterboro
Kourtney Fishburne, 27, of Orlando, Fla.
Marvin Spell, 48, of Yemassee
Tameko Fishburne, 27, of Walterbor
Marquita Fishburne, 28, of Walterboro
Cleo Fryar (also known as Cleo Cooper), 39, of
Lena Gant, 48, of Walterboro
Latanya Cochran, 41, of Orangeburg
Shannon Fishburne, 32, of Walterboro
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