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May 19, 2009

"Former FAMU student gets 22-month prison sentence in grade-changing case"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable federal sentencing story from Florida.  Here are a few more details:

Former Florida A&M student Lawrence Secrease was sentenced Monday to 22 months in prison and three years' supervised release in the case involving unauthorized grade changes at the university, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Secrease was the second defendant to be sentenced on charges of aggravated identity theft, unauthorized access of a protected computer, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a substantive count of unauthorized access of a computer. He pleaded guilty on all charges....

The three co-defendants caused the grades of about 90 FAMU students to be changed, affecting 650 grades overall, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.  About 114 grade changes were failing "F" grades changed to "A" grades, said Karen Rhew, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. The three men also caused residency status of certain students to be changed from out-of-state to in-state, reducing the amount of tuition owed by thousands of dollars.

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It has been said that computers are a great social leveler.

Posted by: mpb | May 20, 2009 5:10:00 AM

Yet again the telephone and computer become jurisdictional excuses to make a federal case out of something FAMU and state authorities might easily have handled on their own.

Posted by: John K | May 20, 2009 8:45:28 AM

by this definition everything is a federal crime.

Posted by: E | May 20, 2009 8:40:35 PM

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