Paso Robles woman jailed after tampering with ankle bracelet
December 29, 2011
Deputies arrested a Paso Robles woman Wednesday after the ankle bracelet she had been wearing sent a signal that she had tampered with the monitoring device.
Jean Michele Cross, 60, who was due to turn herself in to federal authorities, cut the monitoring device from her ankle sending a signal to officials. Federal authorities asked the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s department to send a deputy to check on Cross.
The deputy discovered Cross had activated the bracelet by cutting it off of her ankle. She then attempted to put it back on.
Cross is being held in the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Federal Marshals are in route with plans to transfer her to prison.
In November, United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips sentenced Cross to 72 months in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud the United States Department of Education out of a $35 million grant, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.
Cross was found guilty of mail fraud, forging a writing to obtain money from the United States and making false statements. She also concealed a 15 percent fee she had negotiated in exchange for submitting a successful grant application.
In imposing the six-year sentence, judge Phillips noted that Cross had obstructed justice by giving false testimony during her trial. In addition, the judge said her actions resulted in many needy children missing out on valuable programs.”