Taxpayers bilked of $400,000 in college enrollment scheme

(The Center Square) – A North Carolina man was sentenced to more than four years in prison this week for a scheme to steal over $400,000 in federal student aid from taxpayers.

U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan on Thursday sentenced Jerry Johnson Jr. of Clayton to four years, five months in prison and three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $289,403 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Education.

Johnson pleaded guilty to a charge of mail fraud and aiding and abetting in August.

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