December 16, 2018

Family Charged With Student Loan Scam

“A trio of siblings from Savannah, Georgia – Makara Pringle, Michael Pringle and Renada Pringle Givens – have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a student loan scam with charges of financial aid fraud and conspiracy.

The siblings submitted applications for Pell Grants and Free Application for Federal Student Aid loans (FAFSA) and allegedly used the money primarily on personal items not for tuition at a college as is intended by the U.S. Department of Education programs.

The trio, who do not hold high diplomas or GEDs, allegedly carried out their fraud over a period of three years, beginning in 2007 and lasting until 2010, and received more than $40,000 in federal money in that time period.

Two of the three siblings were enrolled at University of Phoenix and appear to have used their enrollment as part of their scheme, receiving refund checks drawn on the accounts of the school, the indictment charges.

The trio is facing serious jail time as each crime carries a maximum five-year jail sentence and a $250,000 fine.”

Savannah Morning News

Federal Student Aid – U.S. Department of Education