- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two Northern California residents have been sentenced to federal prison in separate student loan fraud cases.

Brent W. Wilder, from the Sacramento suburb of Antelope, was sentenced Thursday to two years and nine months. Earlier this week, 32-year-old Michelle Wright of Stockton was sentenced to three years in prison and one year of home confinement.

Federal prosecutors say they separately recruited students to sign up for community college classes and apply for financial aid.

Wilder, who is 44, used more than 50 students to gain more than $200,000 in Federal Student Assistant funds. Most soon dropped out or flunked out of the Sacramento-area colleges.

Wright also was convicted of aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say she used students’ personal information to commit fraud.

Six others also were convicted in the schemes.


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