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Ohio women indicted in federal financial aid scam at Arizona college

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CLEVELAND — Federal prosecutors said three Ohio women have been indicted in a plot that used stolen identities and those of prison inmates and acquaintances to steal federal financial aid after enrolling hundreds of people at an Arizona community college.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland said Thursday that 53-year-old Janice Shufford, 47-year-old Bridgid Sommerville and 38-year-old Christine Robinson, all of Akron, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors said phantom students were awarded $1.8 million in financial aid after being enrolled in online classes by the women at Tempe-based Maricopa Community College.

Prosecutors said that while most of the money went to the school for tuition, the scheme netted the women and co-conspirators about $200,000.

Records don’t indicate if they have attorneys.

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