A Special Investigations Unit Report Regarding College Access Loans
Report Number 03-010
An investigation by the State Auditor's Special Investigations Unit led to
five separate indictments for Blanca Echeverria, Claudia Monreal, Benjamin Calderon,
Tara Luckey, and Ignatius Ezenagu. The Travis County District Attorney's Public
Integrity Unit is prosecuting all five people on individual counts of securing
execution of a document by deception. In addition, Blanca Echeverria is being
prosecuted for aggregated securing execution of a document by deception and
Ignatius Ezenagu is being prosecuted for tampering with governmental record.
All of these offenses are state jail felonies.
Key Facts and Findings
The indictments charge that Ms. Echeverria, Ms. Monreal, Mr. Calderon, Ms.
Luckey, and Mr. Ezenagu on separate dates allegedly forged signatures of individuals
on the College Access Loan (CAL) applications and promissory notes without these
individuals' consent. The forged applications and promissory notes were submitted
to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which led to the fraudulent
disbursement of more than $44,900 for tuition, fees, and personal expenses.
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