Tuition Bribery Scheme

  • A former Delaware State University employee pleaded guilty to taking more than $70,000 in bribes to help incoming out-of-state students reduce their tuition bill by falsely identifying them as in-state students.
  • In a recent press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Delaware said Crystal Martin, who worked in the registrar’s office, allegedly accepted bribes from a co-conspirator in exchange for her changing the registration status of hundreds of students who did not actually live in Delaware.
  • It is alleged Martin forged residency documents allowing students to receive the in-state tuition rate. Tuition for out-of-state students is more than two times the amount in-state students pay, the department said.
  • The scheme ran from 2013 to 2017 and cost the university an estimated $3 million