Gonzales woman sent to federal prison for stealing financial aid money

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A Gonzales woman will spend the next 24 months of her life confined in federal prison for her role in a hefty financial aid embezzlement scheme worth over $140,000. 

According to the Department of Justice, 31-year-old Kristian James intentionally permitted the use of her social security number to purloin funds from the U.S. Department of Education.  

Between October 2010 and December 2014, we’re told James also stole personal information from unsuspecting victims to orchestrate the fraud scheme.

“This conviction and sentence highlight that prosecuting fraudsters and identity thieves will remain a priority of this office. The cowardly act of using personal identifying information of unassuming victims will not go unchecked on our watch,” said U.S. Attorney Fremin.

Consequently, James will serve an additional two years of supervision upon release from prison and was ordered to pay $141,458 in restitution. 

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