2 of 10 indicted in Piedmont Tech fraud ring plead guilty - FOX Carolina 21

2 of 10 indicted in Piedmont Tech fraud ring plead guilty

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Two of 10 people who were indicted in connection with a financial aid fraud ring at Piedmont Technical College's Abbeville campus pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday.

According to the indictment, Fiasha Paul and Brittany Jennings, who were in charge of monitoring a placement test at the Abbeville campus of Piedmont Technical College, took the test or allowed others to take the test for people applying to the school.

The scheme also involved Angela Thomas, who created fake high school diplomas for applicants, according to the indictment.

The indictment also named Jesse Hamilton, Tarshikia Pickens, Ricky Plumber, Brenda Pickens, Terry Johnson, Veronica Marshall and a defendant whose name was sealed, who tried to enter college to get financial aid checks without furthering their education.

According to the indictment, Piedmont Technical College issued more than $50,000 in financial aid checks connected to and benefiting the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that Paul and Pickens pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. If convicted, the pair could receive 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

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