Student Loan Fraud Scheme – Dallas Woman Sentenced to Prison. Comments by Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

They say Every choice has a consequences. I know that for a fact. So, now, does Barbara Ann Davis, a Dallas, Texas woman, who was sentenced to 14 months in prison for a “betrayal of trust.”

Davis was arrested in December 2006 on a state arrest warrant. At that time, Mesquite Police Department officers discovered a Dallas County Community College debit card in the name of Davis’s niece and a social security card in the name of another niece. Further investigation by the police department and the Department of Education Office of Inspector General revealed that Davis had filed an application for financial aid on behalf of her niece. Davis told her niece that she was granted a $400 per semester federal Pell Grant; however, Davis failed to inform her niece that she qualified for, and was granted additional student loans. Subsequently, Davis used the debit card provided for her niece’s educational expenses for her own personal enjoyment, spending nearly $10,000 of her niece’s loan on personal items.

There’s and old Elvis Pressly song that states, “What you do in the dark will be brought to the light.” How true. As a business ethics and white collar crime speaker, (www.chuckgallagher.com) I see, all to often, the effects of the choices we make. While some might think that 14 months in federal prison is insignificant, I know from experience it is not.

On March 4, 2008 Ms. Davis will report to federal prison and her life will change forever. If you ask her today, was it worth it – I know she would reply no. So, therefore, a word to the wise. Think about the choices you make. Cause remember, Every choice has a consequence.

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