Four Akron residents are in trouble for alleged mail and wire fraud for a scam that got them into college with plenty of money to pay for it.
"One person, for money, provided fake G.E.D. certificates," said Tobin.
U.S. Department of Justice Spokesman Mike Tobin says Lori Martin, 46, made the fake documents that included "official" transcripts. She and Raheem Martin, 40, got more than $76,000. Teresa Scott, 34, and Tina Mileca, 34, are under indictment as well. Tobin says they bought the illegal documentation from Lori Martin. The fake paperwork was used to gain admission to The University of Akron and obtain financial aid.
"That money was used to cover tuition, but was also used to cover living expenses, food and things like computers," said Tobin.
In all, the Department of Education says it lost $104,000 in the alleged scam.
Tobin says it's unusual, but hardly the first case. He says they can't disclose at this time how the education department figured out something was wrong.