September 22, 2014

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Man uses stranger’s info in student loan scam

MEDINA — A 32-year-old Northfield man will spend six months in jail after being convicted of using the Social Security number of a woman he’d never met to co-sign for his student loans.

Jason E. Young was convicted in August of attempted identity fraud after he pleaded guilty to the charge, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Jason Young

Young originally was charged with identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony, but was offered a plea deal for the reduced charge.

Six months in jail was the maximum sentence he could have received for a first-degree misdemeanor.

“That’s all I can give you,” Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier told Young at a Tuesday hearing. “I wish I could give you more.”

Young was accused of using the Social Security number of his former girlfriend’s sister on a loan application through Sallie Mae.

After he pleaded guilty, Young told the judge his ex-girlfriend filled out the co-signing portion of the loan application, and mistyped her own Social Security number. Her sister’s was one digit off, he said, so they got mixed up.

His ex-girlfriend was in the courtroom, and the judge allowed her to speak. She said Young asked her to co-sign with him, but she refused.

“I told him not to put my name on that loan,” the woman said. “I didn’t want anything to do with it.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.