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Former Tucson school official sentenced to four years in financial aid fraud case

Posted at 2:30 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 16:30:34-05

A man who used to serve as the director of HDS Truck Driving Institute was sentenced to four years in federal prison for alleged bank fraud and federal student aid fraud.

Robert Alan Knapp, 71, admitted to stealing more than $905,000 by intercepting or fraudulently creating more than 400 checks payable to others that he deposited into his bank account with forged endorsements. The theft took place over a five-year period.

Most of the checks were made out to the school's students.

The Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General and Pima County Sheriff's Department investigated the case.