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Identity Theft Schemes Target College Students, Kids

Three people are facing identity theft charges in two separate scams, one of which affected more than 100 college students in Georgia.

Two Face Federal Charges in ID Theft Scam

A Georgia man and woman have been indicted for an elaborate scam to get thousands of dollars by stealing the identities of Emory University law and medical students and using them to apply for loans, according to the FBI.

Maario Coleman and Angela Russell allegedly obtained lists of students graduating in 2013 by searching university websites and attending graduation ceremonies, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a prepared statement.

The pair then used the information, along with student transcripts they are alleged to have obtained illegally, to apply for loans at Discover Bank.

Coleman, 27, of Decatur, Georgia, is being charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of computer fraud, and one count of tampering with computers and documents.

Russell, 42, of Dunwoody, Georgia, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of tampering with computers and documents.

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Health Worker Accused of Filing False Claims

An Oklahoma City behavioral health rehabilitation specialist is facing charges of Medicaid fraud and identity theft for billing Medicaid more then $20,000 for services not rendered, according to KFOR-TV.

The woman allegedly obtained numerous children’s IDs from Oklahoma's SoonerCare program and billed Medicaid for counseling those children by posing as a member of the teaching staff at a daycare center. The children never received counseling, according to investigators.

If convicted, Huff faces up to 14 years in prison and/or fines of more than $162,000.

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