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Palm Beach Co. woman accused of defrauding Florida Atlantic University

Posted at 9:13 AM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-04 08:44:46-05

UPDATE:   In a story Jan. 2 about a woman charged with defrauding Florida Atlantic University, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the woman worked for the school and received about $24,000 in refunds. She was only a former student and received nearly $30,000 before school officials realized the error.


BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A 27-year-old woman is accused of pretending to be a student and receiving about $24,000 worth of fraudulent checks.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Denise Elizabeth Keaton registered to take classes five times in June 2014 as Elizabeth Denise Keaton and paid with about $54,000 in fraudulent online checks.

An arrest report says Keaton cancelled the classes and received funds from the university in three of the five cases. Before university officials figured out her checks were bouncing, $24,124.72 had been deposited into her bank account.

Police said Keaton forged academic transcripts from Colorado State University Pueblo.

She's charged with aggravated white collar crime, organized fraud and grand theft. An attorney isn't listed on jail records.