ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany woman already facing charges for allegedly attempting to have a man killed pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to defrauding the U.S. Department of Education of more than $335,000, court records show.
Princess L. Eatmon, 26, signed a plea agreement Monday in which she admitted to filing false Free Applications for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA’s, with the U.S. Department of Education in order to get the excess checks from online universities prosecutors say no one ever attended.
Eatmon was indicted in Dougherty Superior Court in December on charges that she attempted to get Kelvinall Wheeler, an inmate, to kill Dontreal Jenkins.
Wheeler and Jenkins are believed to be part of the federal accusation as well, along with 100 others, court documents show.
According to the documents, Eatmon “submitted FAFSAs to the Department of Education on behalf of three persons known to the United States Attorney as ‘D.J.,’ ‘T.J.’ and ‘K.W.’”
“D.J.” is believed to be Jenkins, while “K.W.” is believed to be Wheeler. “T.J.” hasn’t been publicly identified.
Court documents show that the scheme involved having “straw students,” like Jenkins and Wheeler, enrolled in online classes. When the U.S. Department of Education would send the two online universities the checks to cover the tuition and fees for the straw students, any excess funds would go to Eatmon’s bank account.
While Eatmon pleaded guilty to the fraud count and agreed to cooperate with the government in that investigation, she denied seriously plotting to kill anyone when interviewed by federal agents.
In a statement to law enforcement, Eatmon said she “had a falling-out with D.J. (Eatmon) then began talking to K.W., an inmate at the Mitchell County Jail, on a recorded line about harming D.J. or making him shut up. (Eatmon) also discussed her fraudulent activities with K.W. (Eatmon) had earlier applied for federal student aid ... for K.W.”
“(Eatmon) admitted attempting to obtain federal student aid for approximately 100 persons ... but denied planning to harm D.J. and claimed her statements to K.W. on the jail phone were simply made in anger,” the plea agreement states.
Eatmon faces up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced, which will be at a later date.