St. Bernard Parish Man Admits to Student Aid Fraud of Over $74,000

Published 6:41 am Friday, October 7, 2022

NEW ORLEANSLOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROBERT JOHN, age 46, from St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, pled guilty on to conspiring to commit student aid fraud.

According to court documents, JOHN conspired with others to submit fraudulent applications for student loans and grants to two local community colleges, using the names of seven different applicants. In total, the Department of Education paid over $74,000 in loan and grant funds in connection with the fraudulent applications. The applications contained false information for all applicants, and several of the applicants did not even qualify for community college because they had not graduated high school or obtained GEDs.

JOHN faces up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross gain to JOHN or the gross loss to any victims, as well as a mandatory $100 special assessment fee per count. Under the terms of the plea agreement, JOHN agreed to pay back $74,576.10 to the Department of Education as restitution. Judge Lance M. Africk set the sentencing hearing for January 11, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Department of Education Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses is in charge of the prosecution.