A Special Investigations Unit Report Regarding College Access Loans
Report Number 04-003
An investigation by the State Auditor's Office's Special Investigations Unit
led to three separate indictments. The Travis County District Attorney's Public
Integrity Unit is prosecuting Myrna Chavarria, Onyekachi Ibekwe, and Johnny
Villarreal. Ms. Chavarria is being prosecuted for aggregated securing execution
of a document by deception, aggregated theft, and two counts of forgery. Mr.
Ibekwe is being prosecuted for securing execution of a document by deception,
theft, and two counts of forgery. Mr. Villarreal is being prosecuted for securing
execution of a document by deception, aggregated theft, and forgery. All of
these offenses are state jail felonies.
Key Facts and Findings
These indictments charge that Ms. Chavarria, Mr. Ibekwe, and Mr. Villarreal
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
Higher Education Coordinating Board, which led to the fraudulent disbursement
of more than $13,142 for tuition, fees, and personal expenses.
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