<h1>According to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart, Mellissa Krystynak, 49, of St. Lucie, FL, pled guilty to a mail fraud scheme she executed while employed as a counselor at Greenbrier West High School, in Charmco, Greenbrier County.<\/h1>\r\nThe investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Education.\r\n\r\n\u201cThis takes cheating to a whole new level,\u201d said Stuart. \u201cWe expect to find students cheating. We don\u2019t expect a parent abusing a position of authority to inflate her daughter\u2019s grades and, adding even more harm, to use those fake grades to obtain federal benefits and, potentially, keep a deserving student from a legitimate opportunity. I think it\u2019s fair to say that Krystynak might not be the best role model to emulate. Very, very sad.\u201d\r\n\r\nKrystynak was a school counselor at Greenbrier West from 2011 until 2017. While she was employed there, two of her children attended the school. Krystynak used her position as a counselor to gain access to the school\u2019s computerized grading programs to inflate at least 34 of her daughter\u2019s grades. Her daughter then used the inflated grades to apply for and receive over ten different college scholarships with a potential benefit of over $20,000. The scholarships were based on applications containing the fraudulent report cards and transcripts.\r\n\r\nKrystynak faces up to 20 years\u2019 imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release when she is sentenced on May 16. United States District Judge Irene Berger presided over the plea hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Steve Loew is handling the prosecution.