Ohio Couple Pleads Guilty to College Fraud Charges

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to use a former career college to swindle millions in federal financial aid.

John and Adale Ceroni (uh-DAYL' suh-ROH'-nee) entered the pleas earlier this week in federal court in Cleveland to charges related to mail fraud and money laundering. 

The Canton Repository reports (http://bit.ly/1vn3jxf ) the couple, of Canton, founded the now-defunct Carnegie Career College, which was based in Portage County and included a North Canton branch.

The government alleged the couple conspired to steal $2.3 million in federal student aid and spend some of the money on property, jewelry and vacations.

Prosecutors say the college recruited students without high school diplomas or GEDs by falsely claiming students could get a valid diploma while attending Carnegie and receiving financial aid.

  Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com