RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) — A 39-year-old Richmond man has been charged with receiving nearly $600,000 in financial aid from multiple colleges and universities in Texas, according to a US attorney.
Emmanuel Finnih was due to appear in court on Monday after a federal grand jury returned the seven-count indictment on September 28.
Finnih began the alleged intrigue back in 2017. Indictments say he wrongfully received financial aid for over 30 suspected students at eight Texas colleges and universities.
According to the indictment, Finnih used other people’s identities to prepare, submit and sign false and fraudulent grant applications.
He allegedly used postal addresses, phone numbers and email accounts he controlled to ensure that all Department of Education and college information was sent directly to him. The indictment alleges that he then received the refund of the financial assistance through an electronic transfer.
The indictment further states that Finnih either assisted or was assisted in the aggravated identity theft of two alleged students. According to the indictment, he or others were also in possession of provisional driving licenses or identity cards.
Finnih is accused of using the funds for his personal gain and not for educational purposes.
He faces one count of theft of government funds, one count of college grant fraud, one count of unlawful use or transfer of identification documents, and four counts of aggravated identity theft.
Finnih faces up to 10 years in prison for stealing state funds, while student aid fraud and unlawful use or transfer of identification documents each carry a possible five-year prison sentence. Additionally, each of the counts of aggravated identity theft carries a two-year prison sentence, to be served consecutively with any other sentence imposed.
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