Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dental Student Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

I love being a dentist. It's truly the career I was meant for and I love it with a passion that is second to none. Over the years, I've met others who share that same love and passion. However, the press release below from the FBI shows someone who wanted the career without all of the hard work to get there. I was stunned by this story, but the way the world is today, you'd think I'd know better than to be shocked by this.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—OBIALUNAMMA AGUBUZU, age 25, a resident of River Ridge, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to federal financial aid fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, AGUBUZU submitted a fraudulent college transcript from Cornell University which falsely inflated defendant’s grade point average and falsely indicated that defendant had taken the prerequisite science courses for Dental School Admission, as well as fraudulent Dental Admission Test results to the LSU Health Science Center New Orleans School of Dentistry. AGUBUZU admitted that she never took the Dental School Admission Test administered by the American Dental Association. As a result of submitting false information, AGUBUZU obtained admission to LSU School of Dentistry and received $35,572 in loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

AGUBUZU faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a $20,000 fine and up to three (3) years supervised release following any term of imprisonment. AGUBUZU’s sentencing has been scheduled for October 14, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.

This investigation was conducted by U.S. Department of Education and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia K. Evans.

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