Former Morris Brown President Sentenced

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ATLANTA – The former president of Morris Brown College, a private, non-profit and historically black college in Atlanta, was one of two people sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges relating to a financial aid fraud scheme.

Dolores E. Cross, 70, of Chicago, Ill., and Parvesh Singh, 64, of Valparaiso, Ind., were sentenced on charges relating to a financial aid fraud scheme at Morris Brown College, a private, non-profit historically black college in Atlanta. Both pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Julie Carnes on May 1, 2006.

Cross received a sentence of 5 years probation with a special condition of 12 months home confinement with six months of electronic monitoring, and 500 hours of community service. In addition, Cross was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,942, and a fine of $3,000.

Singh also received a sentence of 5 years probation with a special condition of 18 months home confinement with 6 months electronic monitoring. In addition, Singh was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,939 and a fine of $3,000.

“The facts of the case and the personal circumstances of the defendants support the sentences imposed upon these defendants today,” said United States Attorney Nahmias. “The defendants have admitted their guilt, will be convicted felons, will serve sentences involving confinement, and will pay restitution. Unquestionably, this was a difficult case on many levels.

“When the defendants arrived at Morris Brown, the college was already in serious financial condition,” Nahmias said. “Thereafter, these defendants misappropriated and misapplied federal Department of Education money in fairly complicated ways in what appears to have been a misguided and ultimately criminal attempt to keep Morris Brown afloat. The unfortunate results of this course of conduct are still evident.”

Cross served as president of Morris Brown College from November 1998 through February 2002. Before she became president of Morris Brown, Dr. Cross had a lengthy career in higher education, including experience in the administration of federal financial aid programs.

Cross had served for 8 years as the head of a New York state guaranty agency that processed federal student loans, and she had served as president of Chicago State University before joining Morris Brown.

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