LaPlace Woman Charged with Stealing $ 200,000 in Student Aid | Crime / Police

A The place The woman was accused Thursday, Jan.31, of illegally applying for financial aid through Delgado Community College on behalf of more than a dozen people and of receiving more than $ 200,000, according to the Office of US Attorney Peter Strasser .

Kendra Graves, 31, is charged with theft of public funds and identity theft in connection with the scheme authorities say they orchestrated between 2014 and 2016.

Prosecutors said Graves sought financial assistance from Delgado for 15 people using their personal information without their consent. She accepted the scholarships and student loans given to the 15 and deposited the money into online bank accounts that she set up in their name.

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Graves also opened bank accounts for herself and her family remembers receiving part of the financial aid repayments, court records show.

Graves faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000 if convicted on both counts. The case has been investigated by the FBI, the US Department of Education, the Office of the Inspector General, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.

Assistant US Attorney Julia Evans is pursuing the case.

* Correction – The story has been updated to reflect that personal information was used without the consent of all 15 people.

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