One of the defendants, Montgomery allegedly told the “‘students” that they could get “free” money without attending classes or doing any schoolwork. She assured the prospective students that others will do the coursework and she only needs their personal information such as social security number, date of birth, and address.
The DOJ further alleged that the defendants took tests for students and submitted false academic progress on their behalf to maintain student loans from the Department of Education (DOE). Outside of directly taking aid from students, the defendants also applied for student aid and acted as if they were the real applicants.
The defendants “did knowingly and willfully combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with one another and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury to commit” the alleged offenses against the U.S. government,” according to the Justice Department in the indictment.
A group of law enforcement representatives including Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division as well as the U.S. Attorney for Georgia and FBI special agents announced the indictment.