Former Teacher Pleads Guilty To Defrauding the U.S. Department of Eduction and Internal Revenue Service
James L. Santelle, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Shurone Y. Goodlow, also known as, Shurone Y. Nash (age: 43) of Milwaukee pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Based on the guilty plea, Goodlow faces up to 23 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000. Goodlow has also agreed to make full restitution to the Department of Education in the amount of $65,500.
Goodlow, a former teacher with the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), admitted that between 2002 and 2008 she used two identities and two social security numbers to defraud the United States Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service. Specifically, in order to exceed the aggregate loan limits for graduate school, Goodlow alternated between the two identities when applying for federal financial aid and falsified, among other things, her income with MPS. As a result of her fraud, Nash was able to obtain approximately $65,500 in federal financial aid to which she was not entitled.
Goodlow also used the two identities to obtain tax refunds to which she was not entitled in the amount of $27,250. Under one identity, she omitted her MPS income to qualify for refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit program. Under the other identity, Goodlow falsified withholding amounts to obtain refunds to which she was not entitled.
This matter was investigated by agents from the Department of Education Office of Inspector General, as well as agents from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Gordon P. Giampietro for prosecution. Goodlow’s sentencing is scheduled for November 8, 2012.
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