Calgary police have laid charges in a student loan scam that defrauded several schools and a provincial agency out of more than $240,000.
The investigation started in October 2019 when a provincial peace officer with the Advanced Education Special Investigations team contacted Calgary police after noticing multiple inconsistencies with several student loan applications, according to a release on Tuesday.
Investigators determined it was part of a scheme run by two men from May 2017 to May 2020 to defraud Alberta Student Aid and several private post-secondary institutions.
It’s believed the culprits used stolen identities from 21 unsuspecting people — whose personal information had been stolen in data breaches — to fraudulently apply for student loans.
The two men used the stolen identities to enroll at numerous post-secondary schools and to open bank accounts to receive the financial aid.
“The suspects would physically attend the school, posing as a student under a fraudulent identity, to satisfy the requirements for obtaining the loan payouts,” the release said.
Most of the loan applications resulted in initial loan approvals ranging from $25,000 to $38,000 for each fake student.
“To secure the second loan payout, the suspects would phone the Alberta Student Aid office posing as the applicable student and request a release of the remaining funds. The total payout for each loan was as high as $27,000,” the release said.
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