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Outspoken Stockton man indicted for student loan fraud

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Stockton man who inisisted he was being harassed by federal agents for an unpaid student loan has been indicted with five others on charges they stole more than a quarter-million dollars from the Department of Education.

Kenneth Wright received national attention in June 2011 when federal agents broke down his front door and detained him while they searched his home.

In an interview with News10 shortly after the raid, Wright demanded an apology and a new front door.

The Sept. 6 indictment unsealed on Wednesday names Kenneth Wright, his estranged wife Michelle Wright, Janeigh Mendoza, Jaymar Brown, Jennifer Brown and Brandy Miner.

The charges include student loan fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say the defendants used the identifies of more than 100 "straw" students to apply for student aid at vocational and community colleges all around California.

The indictment claims the conspiracy resulted in the fraudulent payment of more than $285,000 in Federal Student Assistance Program funds.

Wright and two co-defendants were scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in Sacramento Wednesday afternoon.

by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net