Special Investigations Unit
Report Regarding Higher Education Coordinating Board Loan Applications
Report Number 01-015
An investigation by the State Auditor's Special Investigations Unit led to
the indictment of Brenda Francis, a former student of Baylor University, and
Christopher Abrego, a former student of Texas Lutheran University. The investigation
was referred to the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney,
which obtained the indictments.
Key Facts and Findings
Our investigation was prompted by allegations that Ms. Francis and Mr. Abrego
defrauded the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). We determined
- Ms. Francis submitted a loan application with a forged signature of the co-signer
to the THECB which dispersed funds to Ms. Francis
- Mr. Abrego submitted a loan application with an altered amount without the
consent of the co-signer to the THECB which dispersed funds to Mr. Abrego
THECB loss as a result of Ms. Francis and Mr. Abrego's conduct exceeded $13,000.
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