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Date: 05-05-2023

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United States of America v. Robert John

Case Number: Lance M. Africk

Judge: 2:22-cr-00026

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Orleans Parish)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in New Orleans

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Description: New Orleans, Louisiana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit studen aid fraud.

Robert John, ae 48, from St. Bernard, Louisiana, conspired with others to submit fraudulent applications for student loans and grants to two local community colleges, using the names of seven different applicants. In total, the Department of Education paid over $74,000 in loan and grant funds in connection with the fraudulent applications. The applications contained false information for all applicants, and several of the applicants did not even qualify for community college because they had not graduated from high school or obtained GEDs.

“I’m proud of the work of OIG special agents and our law enforcement colleagues for shutting down yet another student aid fraud ring and holding the ringleader accountable for his criminal actions,” said Edd Cole, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Southwestern Regional Office. “The OIG is committed to fighting student aid fraud and we will continue to aggressively pursue those that participate in these types of crimes.”

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Department of Education Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas D. Moses, Health Care Fraud Coordinator, is in charge of the prosecution.


Outcome: 05/05/2023 58 USCA Case Number as to Robert Charles John; Case Appealed to USCA, Fifth Circuit Case Number 23-30301 for 57 Notice of Appeal - Final Judgment filed by Robert Charles John (ko) (Entered: 05/05/2023)

United States District Court Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced JOHN to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, $74,576.10 in restitution to the Department of Education, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

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