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For Release:
December 5, 2007

U.S. Department of Justice

United States Attorney
Northern District of Ohio

Gregory A.White
United States Attorney

James C. Lynch
Assistant U.S. Attorney
(216) 622-3846

Indictment of Jennifer L. Sherman - One count Mail Fraud, One count Federal Studend Aid Fraud

Gregory A. White, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that a federal grand jury in Cleveland, Ohio, returned an indictment against Jennifer L. Sherman of Fairview Park, Ohio, charging her with one count of Mail Fraud and one count of Federal Student Aid Fraud.

The indictment charges that from approximately August 2006, to about May of 2007, Sherman defrauded the United States Department of Education and Lakeland Community College by falsely applying for admission to Lakeland in the names of friends and relatives of Sherman as well as fraudulently applying for federally guaranteed student aid on their behalf. The Indictment charges that, in fact, the purported students never intended to attend Lakeland, and that Sherman used the purported students to obtain financial aid monies for her personal benefit. It was charged that Sherman caused financial aid refunds monies to be mailed to the students at addresses she controlled in a total amount of $108,995.

The actual sentence in this case, upon conviction, will be determined by the Court under the mandatory Federal Sentencing Guidelines which depend upon a number of factors unique to each case, including the defendant's prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the unique characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James C. Lynch, following an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Education, Chicago, Illinois.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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