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Former Piedmont Tech Employee Sentenced in Financial Aid Scam

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Fiasha Paul was a former employee of Piedmont Tech and worked as a placement test proctor. Fiasha Paul was a former employee of Piedmont Tech and worked as a placement test proctor.
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A woman is going to jail for her part in a financial aid scam at Piedmont Technical College.

26-year-old Fiasha A. Paul of Due West, South Carolina was sentenced in federal court in Spartanburg Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney General's Office said she was involved in conspiracy to commit mail fraud. As a result, a judge sentenced Paul to a 13 month prison sentence and ordered her to make restitution in excess of $21,000.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing showed a conspiracy surrounding the Abbeville Campus of Piedmont Technical College. Officials say some people would hire others to take a placement test for them so they could enroll at the school. Once they earned the minimum score on the test, they were able to enroll and collect federal financial aid they weren't actually eligible to receive.

Paul was a former employee of Piedmont Tech and worked as a placement test proctor. She admitted to taking placement tests for multiple individuals and allowing co-conspirators to take the tests for others for prospective students. Paul's typical fee was $300 to take the test.

In addition to the fraud with the tests, officials say some members of the conspiracy also created false high school diplomas that were sent to the school. Once enrolled, they did not attend classes, but they did take financial aid checks and use them for personal expenses.

The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and the United States Department of Education. Assistant United States Attorney Bill Watkins of the Greenville office handled the case.

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