Former Delgado Community College Financial Aid Officer Sentenced To Probation after Previously Pleading Guilty To Solicitation and Receipt of Bribes
NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DAVIN D. THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 32, of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, a former Delgado Community College ("DCC") Financial Aid Officer, was sentenced Thursday, March 21, 2019 to four years probation and ordered to pay $6,700 in restitution by United States District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon. THOMAS was also ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid community service. THOMAS previously pleaded guilty to a one count Bill of Information charging him with soliciting money from students in exchange for awarding students financial aid.
According to court documents, THOMAS was responsible for the verification of student financial aid applications and for identifying the students who were eligible for financial aid funds. From April 2014 through August 2016, THOMAS solicited funds from three DCC students in exchanged for awarding the students financial aid. THOMAS admitted to federal law enforcement that he accepted $6,700 in exchange for awarding the students financial aid.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.