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Referral of Fraud Cases

AwardYear: 1996-1997
ChapterNumber: 5
ChapterTitle: Overpayments, Referrals, and Suspected Fraud
Section: Referral of Fraud Cases

If you suspect an applicant, employee, or other individual has
misreported information and/or altered documentation to increase his
or her student aid eligibility or to fraudulently obtain federal funds,
you should report your suspicions (and provide any evidence) to the
Office of Inspector General (OIG) or to local law enforcement
officials. Telephone numbers for the eight regional offices of the
Inspector General are listed below:

Boston, MA (617)223-9301
New York, NY (212)264-4104
Philadelphia, PA (215)596-1021
Atlanta, GA (404)331-2087
Chicago, IL (312)353-7891
Dallas, TX (903)769-3361
Denver, CO (303)844-4517
San Francisco, CA (415)556-6726


Signs of Student Aid Fraud

- forged, falsified, or counterfeit documents
- irregular signatures and certifications
- false or fictitious names, addresses, and SSNs
- consistently misreported information
- false claims of dependency and/or citizenship status
- offered and/or paid "kickbacks" to school staff
- unreported or misreported receipt of student aid

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*12* For FSEOG and Federal Perkins Loan purposes, if the student's
total resources exceed his or her need by no more than $300 in
excess of the amount for which he or she was eligible, it is not
considered an overpayment as long as the overaward occurred as a
result of additional resources becoming available. If the overaward
is a result of school error (rather than additional resources becoming
available), this option does not apply.

Last Modified: 06/09/1998