Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Former BYU-Idaho Student, Convicted of Fraud, To Be Jailed and Then Deported

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 1:34 PM

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Former BYU-Idaho student, 24-year-old Jacob Espinal has been sentenced for altering his grades so he could get $7,000 in scholarships.

Over a two-year period, Espinal, a graduation specialist at BYU-Idaho's Student Records and Registrations Office, altered computer records to show he had an associate degree he didn't earn. Prosecutors say Espinal also changed his academic standing from probation to good and gave himself straight A's. Even more egregious, prosecutors say Espinal was able to secure nearly $7,000 in scholarships because of the grade changes: $5,000 was disbursed and used.

Espinal sent altered transcripts to BYU, the University of Utah and LDS Business College.

KIDK-TV reports Espinal was sentenced April 6 in a Madison County courtroom. He was ordered to spend 180 more days behind bars—he has already spent 151 days in jail—but as a condition of probation, he will be released within 29 days and returned to Honduras, which has an immigration hold on Espinal.

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