Waterloo Man Sentenced For Financial Aid Fraud
Contact: Peter Deegan
A man who defrauded the U.S. Department of Education was sentenced today to 5 years in federal prison.
Roy Lee Turner, III, age 31, received the prison term after a December 21, 2011, guilty plea to one count of financial aid fraud.
In a plea agreement, Turner admitted that, between about January 2006 and July 2007, he participated in a scheme to fraudulently obtain federal student loan funds. As part of the scheme, Turner and others registered for classes at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and applied for federal financial aid to pay for the classes and other educational expenses. Turner and others applied for the federal student aid intending to use the funds for non-educational purposes. Financial aid funds that were not used by Kirkwood for tuition and fees were forwarded to Turner and others in the form of checks. Turner and others used the proceeds from the checks for their own, non-educational, purposes. At sentencing, the court found Turner and others fraudulently caused the U.S. Department of Education to issue more than $143,000 in student aid principal. Of that amount, Turner and other participants in the scheme received more than $122,000.
Turner was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Turner was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years’ supervised release. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he was ordered to make a total of $140,770.34 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education, Kirkwood Community College, Des Moines Area Community College, and North East Iowa Community College. There is no parole in the federal system.
Turner was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on May 21, 2012.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Peter Deegan and was investigated by the United States Department of Education.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 11-152 LRR.