Lancaster woman sentenced to 18 months in prison for student loan fraud

LANCASTER, Calif. -  

April Lynn Myles 35, of Lancaster, Calif., was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to 18 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for committing student loan fraud, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Myles was also ordered to pay $84,167 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education.

According to court documents, from June 2010 to October 2011, Myles recruited individuals to act as straw students and to apply for FSA funds with her assistance at Bakersfield College and at Santa Barbara Community College. The applicants were not students and did not intend to attend classes. Myles also applied for FSA funds in her own name and enrolled herself in courses at Bakersfield College and at Santa Barbara Community College. She was not eligible to enroll in such courses because she was not a high school graduate. In addition, Myles obtained identification information from individuals without their knowledge and used that information to apply for FSA funds. As a result, the U.S. Department of Education lost more than $80,000.

This case was the product of an extensive investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant B. Rabenn prosecuted the case.

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