A 23-year-old woman admitted Thursday that she filed more than 90 fradulent student-loan applications seeking more $1.7 million. The Browns Mills resident, who had taken only a handful of college courses, received more than $192,000 in the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.
La'Vada Cruse entered her guilty plea in federal court in Camden on charges of mail fraud, tax evasion, and aggravated identity theft.
Between 2003 and 2007, Cruse applied for loans in her name or in the names of others, including family members, officials said. She secured 17 loans and $192,000 partly based on the falsfied enrollment letters from six New Jersey-area colleges, including Burlington County College.