Audit: NC Central Administrator Stole Thousands In Grant Money

A state audit has found that a high-ranking administrator at North Carolina Central University stole thousands of dollars in grant money, possibly to pay off his credit cards.

State Auditor Les Merritt said Tuesday the assistant provost improperly authorized $36,000 in graduate assistant contract payments to several people. About $15,000 in checks were actually cashed.

The investigation said the assistant provost asked recipients to cash the checks, take a little for themselves and give the rest to him.

The assistant provost isn't named in the investigation, but N.C. Central said that he has been relieved of all administrative duties. Merritt has referred the case to state and federal prosecutors.

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  • by Sandra Location: Kenansville on Feb 12, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Hey Elizabeth: I attend JSCC also and believe me, I thought I was the only other one to feel this school has its picks. Some individuals get the money and others and denied monies from the government. I know for sure one individual that gets every grant and scholarship they apply for and others get turned down and offered no explanation. There is no one willing to help you with what to do in this situation. I hear auditors are always at the school, but do these auditors let the staff know when they are coming, so the finanancial aid office can clean up its act. It would seem to me, if the auditors extend their visits to one school, why not surprise them all?
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    If this low-life is convicted I hope the feds arrange about 5 years minimum real hard time, and seize all possible assets. These henious criminals voilate their positions of trust and disgrace their community, family, and the employers that are supposed to be supervising thim. They steal just for greed from our community and our children. Unfortunateley our current batch of prosecutors and judges seem strangly willing to tolerate and go easy on them.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Kenansville on Feb 12, 2008 at 09:48 AM
    This problem is happening in all colleges. The government gives grants for people to further their education, but the financial aid advisor at the school has the final say so. Especially at James Sprunt Community College located in Duplin County. I attend this college and their is always a problem with getting the grants that the state offers. I feel that this school financial aid department should be audited.

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