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Albany woman sentenced to prison

Princess L. Eatmon

Princess L. Eatmon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Princess Eatmon, 25, formerly a resident of Albany, was sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge Louis Sands for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Michael Moore said in a news release Thursday evening.

Eatmon was sentenced by Sands to serve 48 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution to the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $139,087.

On May 7, 2012, Eatmon pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. During the period from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 30, 2011, she is alleged to have fraudulently applied for and received student loans and grants from the Department of Education on behalf of at least 27 bogus students.

The purported students were real people in the Albany area who knowingly gave their personal information to Eatmon in order to obtain federal student aid by fraud. Neither Eatmon nor the "students" had any intention of actually furthering their education, officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office say.

Using her home computer and the Internet, Eatmon enrolled other persons in online universities and applied for and received federal student loans and grants for them. She would, for a short period of time, turn in some course work on behalf of the "students" -- who had no intention of doing the course work themselves -- and then drop out of the course upon receipt of the federal funds, prosecutors say.

"The sole purpose of enrolling the 'students' in on-line universities was to defraud the federal government into sending monies to Ms. Eatmon and her co-conspirators," the release said.

Two other defendants have been convicted of conspiring with Eatmon in the same scheme. Kevinall Wheeler pleaded guilty on Aug. 13, 2012, and Dontreal Jenkins, who was convicted by a jury of conspiring with Eatmon, as well as on other offenses, on Jan. 11, 2013.

On Oct. 15, 2012, while awaiting sentencing in the case, Eatmon was charged separately with theft of U.S. Treasury checks and aggravated identity theft in connection with a different online tax scheme. Due to the new offense, Eatmon's bond has been revoked and she has remained in custody.

Sentencing on the second set of charges will be held at a later date, officials say.

The case was jointly investigated by the Dougherty County Police Department, the Department of Education, the Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Secret Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crane.

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GeeGee 1 year ago

This is another tip of the iceberg.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year ago

Well, let's hear from all the folks around town who want to criticize the police and other authorities and defend this poor woman (and accomplices) who just made an honest mistake by filling out all those applications and then changing they mind about going to school after all.

Where do these people learn to do stuff like this? Tip of the iceberg? Judging by the evidence I see every day.,,,,,,,,,I completely agree.

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

$139,087 wire fraud gets her four years from Judge Sands.

Millions in Medicaid fraud gets uber-rich pharmacist Harris Morgan 30 months. Great math Judge!

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waltspecht 1 year ago

Wonder what the chances of recovering that money really are? Is it more of a gesture than an actual hope of recovery?

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whodat 1 year ago

Okay, this just makes no sense at all. She gets to spend 48 months in prison on the tax-payers' dime, in addition to the money she defrauded from the government (which we all know will never be paid back). How hard is it for the government to arrange a direct deposit with the educational institution? The student goes to school, completes the coursework, money goes directly to the e.i. or the student drops out, the e.i. refunds the money to the government (maybe minus an admin. fee) That way, the money never gets into the hands of the student directly. This, or some type of safeguard, should have been put in place years ago to prevent exactly this type of abuse.

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TRUTH101 1 year ago

Soooooo what about the people who allowed her to use their information?

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RedEric 1 year ago

I listened to a person who worked for Albany Tech. She said graduation rate would be a lot higher if people didn't leave right after receiving grant money. Not only is federal education programs rotten with fraud it is directly responsible for the massive increases in higher education costs.

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FryarTuk 1 year ago

Used car lots in town beef up their inventory at tax time and college grant time. I think the money should be paid directly to the schools or we should discontinue college grants and loans.

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