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Local man gets no jail time for computer tampering

A Fort Wayne man was handed a suspended prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to computer tampering.

Raymond D. White, who was 55 at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty the day before his trial was to begin. He was accused of tampering with a woman’s federal financial aid application.

The charge came after a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Education.

According to court documents, White’s estranged wife worked with officials at Ivy Tech Community College to fill out her federal financial aid forms for the 2012-13 academic year but found that she no longer qualified for a Pell grant and state aid. She found that her PIN had been changed, and she suspected White.

She later told investigators she received emails from White harassing her about committing financial aid fraud. She told investigators she had filed for divorce in September 2011.

While he pleaded guilty to the felony, White was sentenced as if the crime was a misdemeanor. He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, probation and ordered to abide by the terms of a no-contact order, according to court records.

rgreen@jg.net

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