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January 22, 2007

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United States Attorney Leura G. Canary
Middle District of Alabama

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Student Aid Fraud Sends Woman to Federal Prison

30 Months Imprisonment for Student Aid Scheme

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA―Bridget Y. Taylor, 36, of Tulsa, Oklahoma was sentenced today before United States District Judge Myron Thompson. Judge Thompson sentenced Taylor to 30 months imprisonment and ordered over $9,000.00 in restitution.

In August of 2006, Taylor was indicted for violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344 and 1014. These federal statutes criminalize Bank Fraud and Loan and Credit Fraud. According to the Indictment, in October 2000, Taylor executed a scheme to defraud Regions Bank in order to obtain funds, moneys or credit by falsifying federal student loan applications with false names and false social security numbers. Taylor used the money to pay for school related expenses at Auburn University Montgomery and Alabama State University. In addition, she used excess funds for her own personal gain. In October, 2006, Taylor pleaded guilty to all counts listed in the Indictment.

At today's sentencing, Judge Thompson rejected Taylor's argument that her criminal behavior was caused by a difficult upbringing. Rather, Judge Thompson focused on Taylor's criminal behavior over the last 15 years and ability to scheme money from others.

According to United States Attorney Leura Canary, "Thirty months in federal prison underscores the seriousness of abusing a federal program designed to help people get an education. This sentence is a warning to others who think student loan fraud is easy money."

This case was investigated by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Verne H. Speirs.


 
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