When mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano enrolled in Webster University, her goal was to be a choral conductor. But Webster’s Director of Vocal Studies Carole Gaspar had other ideas. At the end of Cano’s sophomore year, Gaspar suggested that she should pursue a career as a singer. Cano had already been in her first opera scene at Webster and had enjoyed it. “So I changed my major,” said Cano, “and started really focusing my energy on practicing and learning more of the craft of what singers need to know to be successful.”
When Mary Beth Tinker was a middle school student in Iowa, she never dreamed that she would one day see her name attached to a Supreme Court decision in her college text book. But that’s exactly what happened.
A former South Carolina inmate has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for using the identities of 23 fellow prisoners to collect thousands of dollars of student financial aid through Webster University in suburban St. Louis.
Michelle Owens of Florence, S.C., pleaded guilty in June to federal student financial aid fraud and mail fraud. She was sentenced Thursday in Florence.
A former South Carolina inmate has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for posing as online students at Webster University and collecting thousands of dollars of financial aid.
The U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis said Wednesday that Michelle Owens submitted fraudulent admission applications to the suburban St. Louis-based university in the names of 23 people who were inmates at Leath Correctional Institution in South Carolina.