Denton County Woman, Tiffany O’Neal Sentenced for Student Loan Fraud
PLANO, TS (STL.News) A Denton, Texas, woman has been sentenced for student loan fraud in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.
Tiffany O’Neal, 47, pleaded guilty on Nov. 19, 2020, to student loan fraud and was sentenced to five years of federal probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $234,113.00 by U.S. District Judge Sean D. Jordan on May 17, 2021.
“Funds earmarked for student financial aid provide critical educational and professional opportunities for students,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “The Eastern District of Texas is committed to ensuring that those funds serve that purpose. However, when those funds are diverted or stolen, this case shows that EDTX, along with its law enforcement partners, will take action and hold those responsible.”
“Ms. O’Neal knowingly and willfully abused her position of trust for personal gain and in doing so, defrauded the school, the Federal student aid program, and America’s taxpayers. She’ll now be held accountable for her criminal actions,” said Edd Cole, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Southwestern Regional Office.