Euclid woman to serve over 5 years in prison for scamming college students out of tuition money

Euclid woman to serve over 5 years in prison for scamming college students out of tuition money
(Source: WALB)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Euclid woman was sentenced to 66 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $205,000 from a college student aid scam and identity theft.

Elizabeth Westmoreland previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government property and aggravated identity theft.

Investigators say that, from 2013 through 2017, the 69-year-old fraudulently enrolled “students” at several community colleges like Lakeland Community College, Owens Community College, University of Rio Grande and Edison State Community College.

Westmoreland would then apply for financial aid using the fraudulent students.

“This money was supposed to be used to help legitimate students pay for tuition and cover the cost of books and supplies,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This defendant got hundreds of thousands of dollars because she is a scammer. This prison sentence is deserved.”

Westmoreland actually personally completed the coursework or arranged to have it completed so that she would continue receiving financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education.

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