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Lakeland Woman Sentenced for Student Loan Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – Kelli L. Pollard, 56, of Lakeland, has been sentenced to federal prison for obtaining 
federally insured student loan funds. Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney for the Western 
District of Tennessee, announced the sentence today.

According to United States Attorney Ritz and information presented in court, between 2017 and 2021, 
Pollard made false statements and submitted false and forged documents to the University of Memphis 
to qualify for $94,299 in student loans.

United States District Judge Thomas L. Parker sentenced Pollard to one year and one day in federal 
prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. She was also ordered to pay restitution 
to the United States Department of Education. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Education Office of Inspector General.

United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked former Assistant United States Attorney Murre Foster and 
Assistant United States Attorney Carroll L. André III, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement                                partners who investigated the case.


For more information, please contact Public Information Officer Cherri Green at (901) 544-4231 or Follow @WDTNNews on Twitter for office news and updates.

Updated May 24, 2023

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