MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee public school teacher has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for using two identities to get $65,000 in student loans and false income tax refunds.
43-year-old Shurone Nash pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of wire fraud and filing fraudulent tax returns.
At the time, she told Judge Charles Clevert that she earned her doctorate in education. But as it turned out, she had only pursued the degree – and at her sentencing Thursday, Clevert called her out for lying to him.
As the judge put it, “This case revolves around one’s obligation to be candid … I’m very disturbed.”
Nash’s lawyer sought only probation. But Judge Clevert said it would have sent a message to others that, “the truth doesn’t really matter.”
Besides the prison time, Nash must also spend two years under supervision when she’s released. Nash was a special education teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1997 to 2008.
Prosecutors said she obtained loans and grants to attend five different schools using both her maiden name of Nash and her married name of Goodlow – and she also used both identities when filing her tax returns.