Siblings Admit Guilt In Student Loan Scam

By: Michael Baldwin
By: Michael Baldwin

Two college loan scammers admit guilt in an identify theft ring. The US Attorney's office in Raleigh announced 29 year-old Melissa Renee Heggie of Grimesland, NC and her brother 27 year-old Marvin Heggie of Raleigh pled guilty in US District Court yesterday.

Both were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud, aiding and abetting mail fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

The siblings along with Travis Hunter and Derrick King defraud JP Morgan Chase Bank out of $340,000 between June 2007 and March 2008. The group got 14 people give out their social security numbers and address then go fill out phoney student loan applications.

Once the checks were mailed from Chase to the fake students the group would go to a bank and cash the checks with the promise of quick money.

Melissa Heggie has also admitted to using one of the fake students social security numbers to obtain a drivers license. She then used that ID to secure a $28,000 loan.


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  • by Rabbitt Location: Williamston on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:27 PM
    What a shame and to think I went to school with a Marvin Heggie. Wonder is it the same one. And yet he was so smart and talented! Guess that just goes to show what direction the wrong road will take you.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 25, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    OMG!!!!! I had to all but give up my 1st born for my student loan! Thats disgusting!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 25, 2008 at 01:55 PM
    Look at all that talent go to waste. These two....the hustled JP Morgan out of money. They should be in college, then JP Morgan should hire them.
  • by bad on Nov 25, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    my student loan is thru jp morgan chase....i had to jump thru hoops to get it! they make me sick!
  • by hope Location: NC on Nov 25, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    To Ashley, You are right that things are so unfair in this world. Yet, anybody that could come up with this is capable of so much more. How sad that these young adults have now ruined their lives when they otherwise actually had something going for them. People wanting something for nothing...And to the system that didn't thoroughly look into these claims, well we see what is happening in the banking industry...
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    You know i live paycheck to paycheck and im trying so hard to go to school on what i make and i cant get a loan for some reason but stupid people like this can probably afford to go and get loans and then they steal it.Makes me sick
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    Paid for by US tax dollars, hence the Bailout. Leave them alone, we are now spreading the wealth around.
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