Judge sentences man to prison for fraud


A man has been sentenced to prison for committing student loan and grant fraud and tax fraud.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney ruled Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, will spend two years in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution after he pled guilty to defrauding the U.S. Department of Education.

Rogers obtained the identity of others and used their information to apply for student loans and Pell grants to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

He was later awarded those funds, but he never attended classes at those educational institutions.

He used the funds for his personal gains, including using the false identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

“I hope Roger’s prison sentence sends a message that this kind of fraud won’t be tolerated here,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. “I intend to make West Michigan a place for fraudsters to avoid.”

The Grand Rapids Community College Department of Public Safety, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service investigated the case.

The prosecution of Rogers was handled by Timothy VerHey, assistant U.S. attorney.

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