Department of Justice
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz
District of Massachusetts
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 02,, 2011
|CONTACT: CHRISTINA DiIORIO-STERLING
PHONE: (617) 748-3356
QUINCY MAN JAILED FOR LYING ON STUDENT LOAN APPLICATION
BOSTON, Mass. - A Quincy man was sentenced today to four months in prison for having fraudulently obtained federal student loans.
THOMAS N. BYRNES III , 50, of Quincy, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Nancy Gertner to four months incarceration to be followed by three years supervised release for falsifying a student loan application.
In June 2008, BYRNES submitted a promissory note to American Student Assistance and Wachovia Education Finance in applying for a Federal Stafford Loan. In the promissory note, which BYRNES submitted via the Internet, he represented that he was not then in default on any other student loans, when in fact he had defaulted on multiple student loans taken out in the 1990s. BYRNES took the 1990s loans out by using his, then four year old, son’s Social Security Number. As a result of his deception, Wachovia Education Finance issued student loans and work study monies to Quincy College on his behalf in 2008 totaling $7,396.00.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Brian Hickey, Regional Inspector General for Investigations, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Region I and II, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Mitchell of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.