Two East St. Louis residents have pleaded guilty in federal court in East St. Louis to conspiracy to commit federal student aid fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud.
Antwayne B. Crumble, 30, and Danyelle T. McNeil, 29, who were involved in a romantic relationship, between September 2008 and September 2009, used personal information from family and friends to receive federal student aid as undergraduate online students at the University of Phoenix, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The pair split the money with the people whose information they had used and online classes were never completed.
U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton said in a news release Crumble and McNeil pleaded guilty Monday and will be sentenced at a later date. Both face potential sentences of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Education and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew H. Brooks.