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Former NCSU dance coach pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted December 16, 2010

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— The former coach of North Carolina State University's dance team pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling from the team.

Jamila Kikora Wright, 27, of 1356 Sunbow Falls Lane, Apt. 305 in Raleigh, was sentenced to five years on supervised probation and was ordered to repay the team $21,000.

"She made a giant error in judgment," Superior Court Judge Howard Manning said.

More than a dozen members of the 34-person dance team attended the court hearing in uniform.

The team is supported by private donations and isn't funded by the NC State athletic department. It has an annual budget of $36,000 to $38,000.

"I think it was so important for me and the rest of the coaching staff to make a point and say those girls work really really hard for this money, and it's just not fair to have it taken away," dance team coach Amanda Roediger said.

Investigators said Wright stole "currency, goods and services" from the team between December 2007 and February 2008.

Former NCSU dance coach pleads guilty to embezzlement Former NCSU dance coach pleads guilty to embezzlement

She was a member of the dance team for four years before graduating in 2004, according to her online biography. She served as coach of the team until her June arrest.

"We had cooperated with law enforcement going into the time of charges being filed," defense attorney Patrick Roberts said in court. "I think she is relieved to get this chapter of her life over with and start over and put this behind her."

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  • UPTOP Dec 16, 6:46 p.m.

    haleibc: I agree totally !!

  • the people Dec 16, 6:44 p.m.

    No law stoppped it while he was in Office so all the hot shots allowed it!!!! They knew about this mess years ago..no on else ever charged what a poor system this is!!!! Poor guy would do 10 years!!!!!

  • the people Dec 16, 6:41 p.m.

    Peasants,poor ;meer mortals are treated different than Royality;think about it??????!!!!!!!! But we pay a much higher price ...... Plus all the wasted money on a use lesssss investigation,that no evidence was never reviewed in open court!!!! Blue collar folks suffer the most!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex25 Dec 16, 6:12 p.m.

    And yet again, NCSU gets more neg "pub" by local media than other U's when they have "transgressions" ...

  • bless 4 me Dec 16, 4:55 p.m.

    Good question

  • haleibc Dec 16, 4:38 p.m.

    Why is when a average citizen takes money, it's embezzling. When people like easley and the other government officials take money, it's an oversight.