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Officials: Woman linked to murder plot defrauded Dept. of Education

Princess Eatmon pleaded guilty Monday to a wire fraud scheme involving more than $335,000 in federal education funds.

Princess L. Eatmon

Princess L. Eatmon

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.

Comments

dingleberry 2 years, 7 months ago

It is amazing the amount of high-dollar white collar crime coming out of Albany these days. In some respects, we seem to be getting a higher quality of crooks hitting more than the liquor stores--but they are crooks no less. Also amazing is how these schemes run through the federal system so quickly before anyone seems to have a clue. Much of this is the feds rush to make payments of all flavors quicker to please the masses. I say take a little time and give us a break, we can't afford much more.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

Another expensive Mercedes or BMW bites the dust.

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MRKIA 2 years, 7 months ago

THIS GIRL HAD A PINK CHARGER WITH BIG RIMS AND BELIEVE THE EYELASHES OVER THE HEADLIGHTS. GHETTO FABULOUS.

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whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't know about a higher quality of crook, but they are definitely more proficient at their profession. Too bad they can't just get a job like some of us but then it wouldn't pay as well and might result in benefits being cut off.

I am not a proponent of on line universities which seem to suck up funds and turn out people with degrees of questionable value.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 7 months ago

There is nothing wrong with online classes, but universities?? It runs rampart in DCSS.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 7 months ago

I agree, this is another sad story. What are these young people thinking? She will have a long time to think about her wrong doings.

The Real Deal - Bubbavet_rureel

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MRKIA 2 years, 7 months ago

THEY ARE THINKING WITH THE SAME MIND SET AS THE DCSS SCHOOL TEACHERS, WHICH IS THINKING THEY WON'T GET CAUGHT.

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waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

Wonder how much, if any of the money was recovered?

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 7 months ago

Just another example of the same mindset that is ruining our city, our county, our state, and our country.

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