United States Department of Justice
Michael J. Sullivan
District of Massachusetts
United States Attorney's Office
John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200
Boston, MA 02210
Press Office: (617) 748-3139
June 9, 2003
Former Financial Aid Director for New England School of Photography Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
Boston, MA... A Dorchester man was convicted today in federal court of mail fraud involving federal student loans.
United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Gary Mathison, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, announced today that KEITH MAGEE, age 34, of 380 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge George A. O'Toole to five counts of mail fraud.
At today's plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government's evidence would have proven that MAGEE was the Financial Aid Director for the New England School of Photography located at 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts during 1997. MAGEE used a variation of his last name, "McGee", to apply for federal student loans for himself. MAGEE submitted at least three separate loan applications to local banks, misrepresenting himself as an enrolled student. In each case, in his capacity as Financial Aid Director, MAGEE certified that "McGee" was an enrolled student. As a result, MAGEE received federal student loan money totaling approximately $14,000.
Judge O'Toole scheduled sentencing for September 29, 2003. MAGEE faces up to 30 years' imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine on each count.
The case was investigated by the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadine Pellegrini, Deputy Chief of Sullivan's Major Crimes Unit.
Press Contact: Samantha Martin, (617) 748-3139