California announces charges in student debt relief scam
State Attorney General Rob Bonta announced charges Tuesday in a scam in which defendants allegedly promised to reduce or eliminate federal student loan debt but instead stole from victims.
Prosecutors claim the defendants stole $6,130,000 from more than 19,000 people, including 3,000 in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The defendants were based in Orange County. They allegedly called people with student debt and claimed to be from the U.S. Department of Education.
“Our students worked hard to achieve their college dreams, but for some their dreams have become horrific nightmares,” Bonta said. “They were swindled; they were scammed.”