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United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt
Southern District of Iowa

Tuesday. December 14, 2010

Contact: Kevein VanderSchel
(515) 473-9300

Final Two Sentenced for Accessing President’s Student Loan Records

DAVENPORT, IA- On December 13, 2010, Sandra Teague, a.k.a., Sandra Teague- Garvis, age 54, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to two years probation, six months of which is to be served on home confinement, based on her conviction for one count of exceeding authorized computer access, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered that Teague pay an assessment of $25 to Crime Victims Fund.

Teague, a former Department of Education (DOE) contract employee, had been charged with accessing without authorization the student loan records of President Barack Obama in 2008 when he was a candidate for the presidency. Teague was convicted on August 25, 2010, following a jury trial.

Another defendant, Andrew Lage, age 54, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay an assessment of $25 to the Crime Victims Fund for similar unauthorized access to the President’s student loan records. Lage had entered a guilty plea on September 23, 2010.

The activities of Teague and Lage and seven other defendants came to light when the United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General (DOE-OIG), began an investigation to determine if its employees or those of its contractors had inappropriately accessed the student loan information of certain celebrities or well-known political and sports figures. DOE-OIG determined that on a number of occasions, unauthorized access to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) database had originated with Vangent Corporation in Coralville, Iowa. Vangent, a DOE contractor, assisted with student loan inquiries via their call center and engaged in debt collection.

As a result, nine former employees of Vangent were charged with exceeding authorized computer access. All nine accessed President Obama’s student loan information while he was a candidate for the presidency, President-Elect, or President of the United States. With the exception of Teague, all of the defendant entered guilty pleas.

At her trial, Teague claimed that someone stole her unique NSLDS identifier and password to access President Obama’s information. The jury deliberated for just over an hour before finding her guilty.

This investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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