Ex-college employee fakes way to student loans, top grades

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 7:59 AM

BOSTON (AP) — A former Suffolk University employee who accessed a school computer to give herself an A in an ethics class she never attended has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $47,000 in student loans.

Prosecutors say while working in the registrar's officer at the Boston school, Ashley Ciampa enrolled in an MBA program.

The 28-year-old Medford woman signed up for a business ethics course, but failed to attend a class or complete required coursework. She used her computer access in the registrar's office to assign herself an A.

She obtained the loans by pretending to be a student, even though she didn't have to pay tuition as a university employee. Ciampa used the loan money for vacations and other personal expenses.

She faces five years in prison.