College of Marin Investigates Alleged $200K Financial Aid Fraud

Career College Central Summary:

  • Police at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, are investigating an alleged $200,000 federal financial aid fraud scheme involving 23 fake students.
  • The so-called “Pell running” fraud, which is on the rise nationally, typically involves a ringleader who recruits fake students to use their Social Security numbers and other personal information to apply for Pell Grants, staying enrolled just long enough to collect the grant money.
  • At the College of Marin, two faculty members reported that several of their students who had the same address and phone number had withdrawn after financial aid funding had been disbursed, the San Francisco Chronicle reported

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