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TWO LSU STUDENTS SENTENCED FOR FINANCIAL AID FRAUD

October 8, 2009

ANTHONY JUAN WALKER, age 27 , a resident of Tarrytown, New York and OBIALUNAMMA AGUBUZU, age 25, a resident of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, were each sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Carl J. Barbier, to five (5) months probation for one count of financial aid fraud, announced U. S. Attorney, Jim Letten.. Both were was ordered to pay restitution to the Department of Education; WALKER in the amount of $40,072 and AGUBUZU in the amount of $35,572.

According to court records, AGUBUZU pled guilty on June 10, 2009 and WALKER pled guilty on July 8, 2009 to one count of financial aid fraud for submitting false information to obtain admission to LSU School of Dentistry. WALKER and AGUBUZU submitted fraudulent college transcripts from Cornell University and fraudulent Dental Admission Test results to the L.S.U. Health Science Center New Orleans Dental School. The forged transcripts claimed the defendants had taken the pre-requisite science courses for Dental School Admission when in fact they had not. The forged transcripts also inflated the defendants' grade point average. AGUBUZU never took the Dental School Admission Test administered by the American Dental Association and WALKER submitted test scores that were greatly embellished. As a result of submitting false information, defendants obtained admission to LSU School of Dentistry and applied for and received federally subsidized financial aid. WALKER received $40,072 and AGUBUZU received $35,572 in loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

The case was investigated by U. S. Department of Education and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.


 
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