Shreveport Man Pleads Guilty To Financial Aid Fraud Scheme At Bossier Parish Community College
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that a Shreveport man pleaded guilty to his role in a financial aid scheme at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), which caused a loss of more than $400,000.
Deundre Fleeks, 27, of Shreveport, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of financial aid fraud. According to the guilty plea, Fleeks completed 20 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid in other students’ names. He would then attend their classes, complete coursework and in return received payment from the students to conduct these tasks. The Department of Education disbursed $262,793 in Federal Direct Stafford Loans and $144,052 in Federal Pell Grants during the course of the scheme, which took place from August 2014 to September 2016.
Fleeks faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for March 21, 2019.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case.