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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Former Jefferson County Resident Sentenced for Identity Theft and Student Loan Fraud Charges

St. Louis, MO – Malachi Duncan, a/k/a “Demarcus Brewster,” was sentenced to 45 months in prison for charges of student loan fraud and aggravated identity theft.  Duncan was further ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $57,139.00.

According to court documents, Duncan fraudulently used the pedigree information of co-conspirator “Demarcus Brewster” to enroll and gain admission as a full-time student during the 2013-2014 school year at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO.  As part of the scheme, Duncan fraudulently used Brewster’s identity to obtain federal financial aid, student housing, and on-campus employment.  Duncan ultimately was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee where he used an alias to fraudulently enroll as a student, and obtain financial assistance, at the University of Memphis.

Duncan, 32, a former resident of Hillsboro, Missouri, pled guilty in July to one count of conspiracy to commit student loan fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.  He appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge John A. Ross.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the United States Department of Education, the Office of the Inspector General/Social Security Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jefferson College Campus Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Roy is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Topic(s): 
Identity Theft
Updated November 21, 2017