Monday, October 27, 2008
The Acting U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Florida has charged students for allegedly changing grades in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) computer system. A press release states in part,
"According to the indictment, the conspirators caused the grades of approximately 90 FAMU students to be changed, effecting changes in approximately 650 grades overall. The grade change increased the grade point averages of the majority of students whose grades were changed, which in turn, made these students eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans to which these students would not otherwise have been entitled."
The charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud, the computer fraud statute (18 USC 1030), and aggravated identity theft. Is this an example of overcriminalization/overfederalization?