A man who registered as a student at The Evergreen State College has been charged with forging documents to fraudulently obtain financial aid and tuition assistance totaling more than $12,000, court papers state.
The alleged fraud came to light after an Evergreen official received an e-mail from the University of Idaho warning Northwest schools of “fraud scams run by a … male subject who uses names similar to Jamal Rashad Marshall with various Social Security numbers.”
Marshall, 28, who lives on Fern Street in Olympia, was being held Wednesday at the Thurston County Jail with bail set at $7,500. He is charged with two counts of second-degree theft and one count each of first-degree theft and third-degree theft, court papers state.
He has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges.
According to court papers:
On May 3, a business services employee at Evergreen reported to Evergreen police that Marshall had been receiving financial aid under multiple names. The employee notified an Evergreen police officer that “Marshall had used three separate names along with different dates of births and Social Security numbers, one of which was believed to belong to a person who is deceased.”
One of the Social Security numbers used by Marshall “belonged to a Mildred Wilson who died August 1980 in Tennessee.”
The Evergreeen business services employee also “discovered that Marshall had been repeatedly registering with different Social Security numbers and slightly different names three previous times over the past year.”
“She said that each time, Marshall would make a tuition web payment, then immediately come in and sign up for housing, a food service plan, and apply for an emergency short-term loan in the amount of $400. Shortly thereafter, the web payment would bounce and returned check fees incurred. She said that Marshall had started the process for the fourth time on April 30, 2010.”
Losses to Evergreen include eight meal plans provided to Marshall totaling $1,816. Unpaid housing charges total $5,307.88.
Marshall was arrested in May when he arrived at an Evergreen office to pick up a check for a short-term loan. Marshall denied “using other Social Security numbers to obtain student registrations and loan checks.”
During an interview at the Thurston County Jail, Marshall said that he had been living in Washington for a year. He said his parents and family live in Indiana.
Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney James Powers said in a phone interview Wednesday that for portions of the time Marshall was registering for classes at Evergreen, he was living in campus housing.
“The records that I’ve reviewed indicate that he registered, but he did not attend any classes,” Powers said Wednesday.
Marshall has a pretrial hearing scheduled for June 9, Powers said. He added that he does not think Marshall has been charged with any crime in Idaho.
Jason Wettstein, a spokesman for Evergreen, said Wednesday that he cannot confirm whether Marshall is a student there because of a federal law protecting students’ privacy. He said he is trying to obtain the police reports detailing the allegations that have been made in court records.
“The college is small, which is really helpful in knowing students face to face, and possibly knowing when things seem to be a bit off,” Wettstein added.
Powers said that he has never before seen a case involving allegations that someone had fraudulently assumed someone else’s identity to obtain financial aid and tuition assistance.
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