DA Mulls Dropping Ex-UNC Professor's Fraud Charge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A prosecutor says he is considering whether to drop a felony fraud charge against a former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor embroiled in a scandal involving academics and athletics.

Orange County district attorney Jim Woodall says Julius Nyang'oro has cooperated with a probe led by former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein. Wainstein is looking into the causes of fraud in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies department, where Nyang'oro was chairman.

Nyang'oro was charged with being paid to teach a 2011 lecture class filled with football players that did not meet and required only a research paper.

Woodall's comments were first reported by The News and Observer of Raleigh. He told The Associated Press his decision could come within the week.

We encourage commenting on our stories to give you a chance to express your opinion. We rely upon the online community to report abuse. Repeat violators may be banned from posting comments. CLICK HERE for the witn.com guidelines for posting comments.
powered by Disqus