Police: Akron Women Used Fake GEDs to Steal Federal Aid

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STARK COUNTY, Ohio—

Two former Stark State College students are getting a crash course in criminal justice as they are accused of ripping off federal aid money using fake GEDs.

"It's despicable. I don't know how anyone could do that," Stark State College student Shyla Harper said.

According to a Jackson Twp. Police report, Treva Griffin, 33, and Lashawn Jordan, 33, both of Akron, got the fake GEDs from an unidentified woman in Akron.

They signed up for classes at Stark College and requested a federal grant, worth about $10,000 each, the report states.

Shortly after classes started, Griffin and Jordan dropped out and the college issued each of the so-called students a refund check for about $10,000, the police report shows.

Stark State College students were upset to hear about the alleged abuse of the system on which many rely.

"It makes it difficult for the people who are trying to get an education," Tyeasha Bradford said.

"It ticks me off a lot. I want that grant. People need that grant. I know a lot of women here at this school that have kids, they are on welfare, they are trying to get out of it," Harper said.

Griffin was arrested and charged with grand theft and forgery.

A warrant was issued for Jordan's arrest on the same charges.

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