Gambling, Travel, Plastic Surgery: 5 Indicted In Student Loan Fraud Case

Gambling, Travel, Plastic Surgery: 5 Indicted In Student Loan Fraud Case


LEIGH AIRING EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 HERE ON CBS 4. THANK YOU. FIVE PEOPLE ARE ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING STUDENT LOANS AND USING THAT MONEY ON ANYTHING BUT EDUCATION. RICK SALLINGER IS LIVE, AND RICK, THEY FACE SERIOUS CHARGES. REPORTER: WELL, THOSE CHARGES, KAREN, INCLUDE CONSPIRACY, IDENTITY THEFT, AND STUDENT LOAN FRAUD. FOUR OF THE FIVE CHARGED APPEARED IN COURT THIS MORNING ENTERING PLEAS OF NOT GUILTY. STUDENT LOANS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE USED TO GET AN EDUCATION, BUT THOSE INDICTED ARE ALLEGED TO HAVE USED THEM FOR BEDDING, TRAVEL, AND COSMETIC SURGERY. ONE OF THOSE CHARGED IS ANDREW SANCHEZ. WERE YOU SPENDING STUDENT LOAN MONEY ON FACELIFTS? NO THANK YOU. REPORTER: HOW ABOUT GAMBLING? NO THANK YOU. REPORTER: TRAVEL? NO THANK YOU. REPORTER: AREN’T STUDENT LOANS SUPPOSED TO BE USED FOR EDUCATION? NO THANK YOU. REPORTER: HE AND THE OTHERS ARE ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF DENVER, FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. CARMEN SANCHEZ IS ALLEGED TO HAVE PAID THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR WHAT’S CALLED LIFE STYLE LIFTS. THAT COMPANY WAS NOT INVOLVED. THIS WAS ONE OF THEIR ADDS. THE JOWLS ARE GONE. I WAS SO EXCITED AND EVERYBODY WAS COMPLIMENTING HOW PRETTY I WAS. REPORTER: GONZALEZ WAS ACCUSED OF OBTAINING INFORMATION FROM WHERE HE WORKED AND APPLYING FOR STUDENT LOANS USING NAMES HE FOUND. ONE OF THOSE ACCUSED DIDN’T ATTEND SCHOOL, BUT ATTENDED EVENTS AT THE PEPSI CENTER. THAT’S AMONG THE CHARGES SARAH SANCHEZ FACES. HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT? WHY ARE YOU HIDING YOUR FACE? IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO THIS? I GUESS YOU DON’T WANT TO SPEAK, THANK YOU. THE FIFTH PERSON CHARGED IS ANTHONY SANCHEZ. AS OF THIS MORNING HE WASN’T IN CUSTODY YET. THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF DENVER SAYS A STAFFER DISCOVERED THIS, AND SINCE THEN ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES WERE PUT IN PLACE.

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