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.