On Friday, October 6, 2017, Acting United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced that a federal grand jury had returned an indictment against 31-year-old Brandon Kenon Rogers of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The defendant has been charged with student loan and grant fraud. The grand jury charged Rogers with defrauding the Department of Education of roughly $150,000, by committing wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Rogers surrendered himself to the U.S. Marshalls on Friday and was subsequently released on bond. The indictment claims that Rogers defrauded the Department of Education by using the identity information of others and posing as these people while applying for Student Loans and Pell Grants. He also enrolled in several local community colleges using the same identities. It is alleged that Rogers was awarded grants and loans and ultimately utilized the money for his own personal purpose, without attending classes as required.
Wire fraud comes with a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, while aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison. At this point in time, Brandon Kenon Rogers is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.