Pennsylvania Couple Admits Theft of Student Loan Funds Using Stolen Identities

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Stephanie Mitchell, 36, and Ronzell Mitchell, 37, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., both recently admitted using stolen identities to obtain at least $272,247 in student loan funds from the online universities Liberty University and American Public University.

According to court documents, from approximately August 19, 2010 through March 21, 2012, the Mitchells contacted Liberty and American and posed as students for whom student loans had been issued, requesting that the funds be send to a box the Mitchells had opened in another person's name at a UPS Store in Montvale, N.J.

Through this scheme, the Mitchells obtained approximately $272,247 in U.S. Department of Education funds.

The Mitchells, both of whom pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the gain or loss caused by their offenses. Sentencing is scheduled for November 18, 2013.