Published: Jun 08, 2010 6:30 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 08, 2010 3:24 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) - A Virginia couple has been sentenced for a
student loan scam that defrauded lending institutions in Colorado,
Massachusetts, Florida and New York.
      U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy's office says 33-year-old Brian
Salyer of Lebanon received a 45-month sentence Monday in U.S.
District Court in Abingdon. His wife, 30-year-old Miranda Salyer,
received a four-month sentence.
      The Lebanon couple also must pay $206,454 in restitution.
      Brian Salyer pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to commit
fraud and aggravated identity theft. Miranda Salyer pleaded guilty
to conspiracy to fraud. The couple admitted submitting 15
fraudulent student loan applications to lending institutions in the
four states.