A Dunwoody and a Decatur resident are facing indictments for a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars by stealing the identities of students then applying for loans at Emory University in Atlanta, according to the Dunwoody Patch.
Maario Coleman, 27, of Decatur, is being charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of computer fraud, and one count of tampering with computers and documents. Angela Russell, 42, of Dunwoody, is also charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of tampering with computers and documents.
Coleman obtained lists of Emory law and medical students graduating in 2013 by checking the university websites, and he even went as far attending graduation ceremonies. Coleman and Russell then used that information to obtain the students’ dates of birth and Social Security numbers from online databases.
They used those personal identifiers to apply for post-graduate “bar loans” and “residency loans” at Discover Bank. Coleman and others also used the personal identifiers of their victims to obtain passwords to access Emory’s online portal and order the transcripts, which were required by the bank before funding the loans.
The scheme began as early as May, and continued until at least November. To date, investigators have identified over $200,000 in false loan applications. In addition, over 100 students at Emory and other Georgia universities have had their personal information compromised.
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