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Man sentenced after fraudulently receiving scholarships, selling library books PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 15 July 2013 14:43
TOLEDO - A man accused of fraudulently receiving scholarships and illegally selling library books from area colleges, including Bowling Green State University, was sentenced Monday to make restitution of more than $27,000.
Malcolm G. Harper, 41, Toledo, appeared in the courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge James G. Carr.
According to documents filed in U.S. District Court of Toledo, between March 2010 and Oct. 2011 Harper utilized identifying information from his brother to apply online for federal student financial assistance "for the purpose of defrauding those institutions and the federal student aid programs."
Harper further enrolled at local colleges in order to check out, and then sell, books from their libraries for thousands of dollars.
According to the criminal complaint, Harper fraudulently received a $2,220.50 federal Pell Grant and Stafford Loan after submitting an application to Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township, and incurred an additional $3,466.75 there in classes and related fees.
He additionally checked out approximately 45 books from the Owens library, valued at $4,200, and sold them.
Harper further checked out and sold 49 books valued at $5,950 from BGSU's libraries.
Harper also fraudulently received aid from Monroe Community College, Monroe, Mich.; Terra State Community College, Fremont; and Lourdes University, Sylvania, totaling more than $9,690.50.
Books checked out and sold from the libraries of Terra and Lourdes were valued at $5,500.
In March, Harper entered a plea of guilty to charges of student financial aid fraud.
On Monday, he was sentenced to make restitution in the amount of $27,677.89, as well as a special assessment of $100. Harper was further sentenced to three years of supervised release, with eight months to be spent in a halfway house.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:47

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