SPRINGFIELD, Mom – A Mountain View, Missouri woman who used a stolen identity to enroll in college pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud in federal court on Monday.
Laura A. Oglesby, 48, pleaded guilty to US Chief Justice David P. Rush for intentionally providing false information to the Social Security Administration.
By pleading guilty on December 6, 2021, Oglesby admitted to fraudulently applying for a Social Security card on January 14, 2016, using another person’s personal identification information, identified in court documents as “LAH.” Based on her false statements, the Social Security Administration issued a Social Security card to Oglesby in someone else’s name.
On the same day, Oglesby used the fraudulently obtained Social Security card to obtain a Missouri driver’s license under the identity of LAH.
In 2017, Oglesby used LAH’s fraudulently obtained Social Security card to enroll at a university, identified in court documents as “University A”. Using LAH’s stolen identity, Oglesby applied for and received financial aid to attend University A. Oglesby received $9,400 in federal student loans, $5,920 in Pell Grants, $337 for books purchased at the University A bookstore, and $1,863 in financial expenses.
Under the terms of today’s plea deal, Oglesby must repay $17,521 to the university, as well as restitution to the victim of her aggravated identity theft.
Under federal statutes, Oglesby is subject to a maximum sentence of five years in prison without parole. The maximum legal penalty is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes as the conviction of the accused will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other legal factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled upon the completion of an attendance inquiry by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being pursued by US Assistant Attorney Shannon Kempf. It was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General and the Mountain View, Mo., Police Department.