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8 college students facing serious federal charges

An investigation into an alleged crime ring at Millersville University in Pennsylvania has led to the arrest of eight students. Those young people, who range in age from 19 to 23 years of age, will all have the opportunity to present their side of the charges as their individual cases move forward. Their future opportunities could be impeded if a conviction occurs, and it is expected that each individual will strive to avoid that outcome.

According to authorities, the eight young people were introduced to a check-cashing scam by a 24-year-old man who is not linked to the university. That individual is believed to have shown several students how they could profit after their peers reported a lost or stolen debit card. When a report came in, authorities claim that the young people deposited fraudulent checks. Money was quickly withdrawn from those accounts, and items were purchased using the withdrawn funds.

One police sergeant told reporters that, when interviewed, some of the students expressed amazement that those efforts were fruitful, likening the process to a kind of magic. In making their individual defense responses to the charges that they face, some of these young people might ask the court to consider their maturity level at the time of the matter. Each one will have the chance to work with an attorney to construct their best possible legal approach, which can vary from one set of circumstances to another.

As of the time of this report, Millersville University is looking into the accusations and will make a decision on the future of the eight students who face charges in the case. They could be asked to leave the school, which could present a challenge to their plans to graduate. If a conviction results from these federal charges, their futures could be even more bleak. In the weeks and months ahead, it is expected that each and every one of those charged will take an active role in addressing these matters, well in advance of any court dates in Pennsylvania.

Source: abc27.com, "8 Millersville University students charged in check cashing scam", Andrew Forgotch, Dec. 9, 2015

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