Five get prison time in Columbus theology school fraud that cost taxpayers million

After hours of attorneys' questioning the restitution and minimizing their clients' roles in the fraud, the defendants who pleaded guilty in a $12 ...

December 16, 2022
6:24 PM

After hours of attorneys' questioning the restitution and minimizing their clients' roles in the fraud, the defendants who pleaded guilty in a $12 million student financial aid scandal at Columbus' now defunct Apex School of Theology were sentenced Thursday in federal court. Before sentencing five people involved in the years-long scam using fake students to gain loans or grants from the federal Department of Education, U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land rejected three defense attorneys' arguments that investigators miscalculated the estimated money lost.

Tim Chitwood