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Antelope man sentenced for role in student loan fraud scheme

Published: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 - 9:47 pm

An Antelope man has been sentenced in federal court in Sacramento for his in a student loan fraud scheme.

Brent W. Wilder, 44, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley to two years and nine months in prison, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, between February 2009 and April 2012, Wilder and Michael J. Huddleston, 44, of Sacramento, obtained Federal Student Assistant funds by recruiting more than 50 straw students to apply for aid and caused the fraudulent disbursement of more than $200,000.

The straw students applied for Federal Student Assistant funds at American River, Sacramento City and Cosumnes River colleges. These applications contained false statements regarding the applicant’s eligibility. Most of the students signed up by Wilder and Huddleston withdrew from classes shortly after receiving the funds or received failing grades, authorities said.

Although some of those students may have used the funds for legitimate educational expenses, Wilder and Huddleston demanded approximately half of the funds for their own purposes. Wilder has been ordered to pay $19,411 in restitution.

Huddleston is to be sentenced by Judge Nunley on March 6. He remains out of custody on a $100,000 bond.

The case resulted from an investigation by the United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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