Federal Jury to Hear Texas Tech Pell Grant Scheme Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/12/06

Federal Jury to Hear Texas Tech Pell Grant Scheme Case

While they attended Texas Tech, three students received $24,000 in federal grant money. This week, a federal jury will decide if the students are entitled to that money.  

Jessica Ann Back, Jacob Edmond Lustgarten and Amanda Jayne Sheils are accused of giving their names and social security numbers to another student who used it to falsify applications for federal grant money. Court documents state the students would not have qualified for grant money based on their parents income.

The master of the scam, Rojelio Hernandez has already been sentenced to thirty months in prison. Back, Lustgarten and Sheils are charged with:conspiracy to file false statements, theft of public money and aiding and abetting.

The entire scheme defrauded the government out of more than $200,000.

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