ALBANY, Ga. -- Dontreal Jenkins, 31, and Trevayne Jones, 37, were each sentenced in federal court Thursday to 133 months of imprisonment. The sentence was delivered by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands.
Court officials say a jury found the pair guilty of conspiracy to embezzle public monies, embezzlement of government property and aggravated identity theft on Jan. 11. In addition, the jury found Jenkins guilty of mail and wire fraud conspiracy and Jones guilty of misleading statements.
In addition to the prison terms, Jenkins and Jones must serve three years of supervised release and pay a $400 mandatory assessment fee, as well as restitution in the amount of $713,000 to victims. Jenkins must also pay restitution in the amount of $335,693 to the U.S. Department of Education.
According to officials, Jenkins and Jones participated in a scheme to steal and cash U.S. Treasury checks. They committed identity theft by unlawfully using the names and signatures of the intended payees without permission of the payees.
"Federal student aid exists so that individuals can pursue and make their dream of a higher education a reality," said Yessyka Santana, special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General's Southern Regional Office. "That's why I'm proud of the work OIG special agents and our law enforcement colleagues for holding these individuals accountable for their criminal actions."
According the U.S. Department of Justice, the case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Crane.