- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Police in suburban Atlanta say a couple accused of running an unaccredited school that distributed fraudulent diplomas have surrendered to authorities.

Gwinnett County Police spokesman Ed Ritter says 43-year-old Stanley Jean and his 35-year-old wife, Yessica, surrendered Tuesday on 20 counts of financial identity fraud. It’s unclear if they have attorneys.

Investigators say the couple ran a school named New Life Technical Academy, which was not affiliated with a school by the same name in Hapeville that is accredited. Authorities say more than 800 people who enrolled in the couple’s school for GED and medical assistant programs had graduation ceremonies and were given diplomas that are invalid.

Students told investigators they paid between $500 and $800 for the GED program, and about $5,000 each for the medical assistant program.

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