EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An East St. Louis couple faces up to a year and a half in federal prison now that they’ve admitted scheming to steal nearly $47,000 in student loan money.
According to court documents, Antwayne Crumble and Danyelle McNeil pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commite student loan fraud, amil fraud and wire fraud.
Authorities say the couple used personal information from 28 friends and relatives. At least 16 of those people actually applied to online undergraduate programs at the University of Phoenix for a year beginning in September 2008. They also applied for student loans and grants.
The Feds say a total of $98,658 was paid out by the government with $46,778 in refund overpayments being paid to the individuals. Once the checks came in, the government says the individuals dropped out of the online classes.
Both Crumble and McNeil will now face sentencing with possible time in prison and restitution of $98,658.