BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — In a story Jan. 2 about a woman charged with defrauding Florida Atlantic University, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the woman worked for the school and received about $24,000 in refunds. She was only a former student and received nearly $30,000 before school officials realized the error.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Former student accused of defrauding Florida university
A former Florida Atlantic University student is accused of enrolling in classes using fraudulent checks and receiving nearly $30,000 worth of refunds after dropping the classes
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida Atlantic University student is accused of enrolling in classes using fraudulent checks and receiving nearly $30,000 worth of refunds after dropping the classes.
An FAU police report says 27-year-old Denise Elizabeth Keaton registered to take classes five times in June 2014 as Elizabeth Denise Keaton and paid with about $54,000 in fraudulent online checks. The arrest report says Keaton then canceled the classes and received funds from the university in three of the five cases. Before university officials figured out her checks were bouncing, $29,883.44 had been deposited into her bank account.
Police said Keaton forged academic transcripts from Colorado State University Pueblo.
She’s charged with aggravated white collar crime, organized fraud and grand theft. An attorney isn’t listed on jail records.