October 20, 2006

An amusing article for a change…

Posted in Student Loan News at 9:19 AM by Joe From Boston

The articles I’ve posted recently have been very serious in nature, so I thought it might be time for something that would make you laugh – or at least shake your head in wonder/disbelief.

According to the Roanoke Times:

“An Indiana man pleaded guilty Wednesday to filing false income tax returns and student assistance applications in the names of fellow inmates at the Pulaski Correctional Unit.

Jason P. Justus, 32, who is no longer incarcerated in Pulaski, pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false claims to the government. In return, a charge of lying to investigators will be dropped, prosecutors said.

Justus’ plea comes one week after his mother and sister, Karen Justus and Joy Justus, also of Indiana, were convicted of the same charge for their roles in the scam.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Hogeboom, the Pulaski Correctional Unit blew the whistle on the Justuses after noticing an inordinate number of checks coming from Indiana for various inmates at the jail.

Those checks, which ranged from $150 to $200, represented payment to the inmates for allowing the Justus family to use their names and Social Security numbers to apply for federal financial aid and to file false tax returns, records show.

In addition to at least 13 inmates’ names, the Justuses were also using their own names and the names of dead family members and acquaintances to file false claims, records show.”

The rest of the article is just as amusing.  You can read it here.


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