AKRON– Authorities said that four Akron residents have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy in which some used fake G.E.D. certificates to enroll in the University of Akron.
They also fraudulently obtained more than $104,000 in financial aid, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Lori A. Martin, 46; Raheem J. Martin, 40; Teresa K. Scott, 34; and Tina M. Mileca, 34, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.
“These defendants cut corners to get money to which they were not entitled,” Dettelbach said.
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to obtain federal student financial money to which they were neither eligible nor entitled.
They allegedly did this by creating and submitting fake Official Transcripts falsely reporting General Education Development (G.E.D.) test results and the awarding of G.E.D. certificates for persons who had not earned and did not have such certificates.
The indictment also stated that the defendants submitted the fake documents to the University of Akron to gain admission to the university and access to the federal funds.
The defendants are accused of using the grant and loan money to pay for living expenses and other personal expenditures, as well as costs associated with attending the University of Akron.
The conspiracy took place from August 2006 through September 2011, according to the indictment.
Lori Martin is accused of creating fake Official Transcripts that reported test results and the awarding of G.E.D. certificates for Raheem Martin, Scott and Mileca. She’s also accused of helping them complete online applications to the University of Akron and student aid.
According to the indictment, Scott and Mileca each paid $200 to Lori Martin for the fake G.E.D. Official Transcript.
Lori and Raheem Martin allegedly obtained more than $76,100 in Pell Grants and federally insured loans from these activities. Scott allegedly received more than $23,800 in Pell Grants and federally insured loans while Mileca allegedly obtained at least $4,600.
As a result of the conspiracy, the Department of Education was defrauded and sustained a total loss of at least $104,611, according to the indictment.
There is no court date set yet for the defendants.