She was once a trusted employee at Delaware State University.
But Crystal Martin allegedly took more than $70,000 in bribes to give students discounts on their tuition, according to CBS Philly. The 35-year-old once worked as a registrar at the public university and admitted to her part in the scheme.
Martin reportedly classified out-of-state students as in-state residents.
More Than 100 People Had Their Residency Changed
In-state tuition at Delaware State University costs $7,868 per semester, while out-of-state tuition is more than double the cost, at $16,904. Martin told Delaware District Court that she helped change up to 100 students statuses.
The former registrar usually pocketed between $300 and $600 for the forgery. The alleged fraud took place between 2013 and 2017 and cost the college a whopping $3 million, according to prosecutors.
Martin claimed she wasn’t the one who came up with the scheme and students were brought to her by a co-conspirator. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge of accepting a bribe as an agent of a program that receives federal money.
Martin could face 10 years in prison and will be sentenced in July.
“She Abused Her Position”
Delaware District Attorney David Weiss said in a statement Wednesday:
“The defendant abused her position at a public university to personally profit and to defraud her employer. Individuals who accept bribes while serving in a public capacity risk undermining trust in those institutions.
He added that: ”Delaware taxpayers have the right to expect honest services from our public employees. When those employees fall short of these expectations my office will hold them accountable.”
According to Delaware Online, it is unclear whether students involved in the scheme will be prosecuted.
The Celebrity College Scam
Martin’s admission comes just weeks after another huge college admission scam.
33 parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, allegedly took part in a scheme that involved paying huge sums of money to have their children admitted into some of the country’s most prestigious institutions.
Full House star Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty to charges that they paid $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.