by Nick Delgado
Guam - A former University of Guam employee will have to spend some time behind bars after she was found guilty of using federal grants and loans to buy drugs. 39-year-old Andrea Yatar was sentenced in District Court Wednesday to two years behind bars on charges of aggravated identity theft as well as ten months for two count of theft of federal government money and for making false statements to the federal credit union each to run concurrently.
Court documents state Yatar in January 2006 applied for student financial aid assistance. Documents also state that she applied a second time under her husbands name without telling him in an attempt to collect more money. During the time of the incident Yatar worked for UOG's Financial Aide Office. She was awarded a $1,387 Pell Grant that she converted for personal use. Yatar later that year applied again for another Pell Grant and received $1,013, which she again did not use for educational purposes.
That same month Yatar purportedly signed an enrollment certification with a bogus name and posed as a UOG graduate student to apply for a $17,945 Stafford Loan with the Navy Federal Credit Union. She apparently got the loan and intercepted the checks from the University's financial aid mailbox.
Court documents state Yatar then put the money in a personal checking account and used the funds to buy the drug Ice.