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FAMU students indicted in grade-changing case

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Three FAMU students have been indicted on federal charges of allegedly changing the grades of more than 90 fellow students, according to this statement today from the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Between June and December 2007, Marcus Barrington, 23, Christopher Jacquette, 27, and Lawrence Secrease, 22, allegedly accessed the FAMU computer system and changed about 650 grades, increasing the GPAs for the majority of students and in turn making the students eligible for grants, loans and scholarships, authorities said. About 114 of the grades were changed from F's to A's, which resulted in students being awarded thousands of dollars worth of credit hours.

The trio also are accused of changing the residency status of some students from out-of-state to in-state.

All three were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, unauthorized computer access and aggravated identity theft. If convicted, they face a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy, five years for unauthorized computer access and a consecutive mandatory minimum sentence of two years for aggravated identify theft.

The investigation was conducted by the FAMU Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:01am]

    

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