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FAMU official pleads guilty to federal charges



Mcgill Patricia Walker McGill, the former director of FAMU's Institute on Urban Policy and Commerce, has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit theft and seven counts of theft against federal programs relating to educational grants, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in this news release.

McGill, 60, used the grant money to pay overtime and bonuses not related to the grants, and also received kickbacks, according to the release. She faces a maximum of 75 years in prison and $1.75-million in fines. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

The conviction marks the end of a three-year investigation by federal and state officials including the FBI. "The theft of federal educational and literacy funds by individuals entrusted with distributing those funds to those in need, is a grave abuse of the public trust," U.S. Attorney Gregory Miller said in the news release.

For more on the story, see this past Gradebook post and also this Tallahassee Democrat story.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:47am]


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