Palmdale woman guilty in federal student aid fraud scheme

student aid fraudFRESNO – A 32-year-old Palmdale woman pleaded guilty Monday to seven counts of mail fraud in connection to a federal student aid fraud scheme that bilked the Department of Education for more than $70,000.

Shauna Marie Fabrega is scheduled to be sentenced on December 9, 2013, by United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii.

According to the indictment, from June 2010 to January 2012, Fabrega recruited individuals to act as straw students and to apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds with her assistance at Bakersfield College, Cerro Cosso Community College, and Santa Barbara Community College. The applicants were not students and did not intend to attend any classes.

Fabrega also applied for FSA funds in her own name and enrolled herself in courses at the three schools; but she was not eligible to enroll because she was not a high school graduate.

In addition, Fabrega obtained identification information from individuals without their knowledge and used that information to apply for FSA funds. As a result, the Department of Education lost more than $70,000.

The maximum sentence for mail fraud is 20 years in prison. Fabrega’s actual sentence will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

(Information via press release from United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner, Eastern District of California.)

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  5 comments for “Palmdale woman guilty in federal student aid fraud scheme

  1. RLancaster
    July 25, 2013 at 12:18 am

    EnoughAV I agree with you. Take the class first if you get a passing grade then you will get your Financial Aid check. So sad I hope they make her pay back all that money….

    July 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm


  3. EnoughAV
    July 24, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Happens all the time. Students enroll and drop the classes as soon as their student aide checks arrive. This not only takes away the available classes to those other students who legitimately want/need them to finish their educations. Student aide students receive priority registration as well.
    I think if you need financial aide take the classes, the school should provide the books/materials and if you get a passing grade then you’ll get your aide money.
    Make a lottery system for priority registration for those w/aide.

  4. Genius
    July 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    This is a drop in the fraud bucket. There is soooo much fraud of CCRC and other Social Services that goes unchecked, in this City. No wonder this state is broke.
    Seems the only way to raise revenue is inflate house prices or value so our property taxes go up.

  5. Mr. Mister
    July 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Gosh! Just get a job! How many students missed out because of this trash?

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