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Former Shaw professor pleads guilty to mail fraud

Posted August 21, 2013

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— A professor who managed a grant-funded program at Shaw University aimed at boosting minority students’ interest in science and math has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Investigators said Ademola L. Ejire, 53, is facing up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

From 2001 to 2012, Ejire managed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Apprenticeship Program at Shaw, which provided grant money for qualified high school students to develop their math and science skills.

Investigators said Ejire pocketed $470,000 in grant funds by mailing bogus timesheets that listed his wife as the program coordinator and his children as grant recipients.

“For years, Ademola Ejire funneled grant money intended for high school students into his own accounts,” John Strong, special agent in charge of the Charlotte division of the FBI, said in a statement. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners uncovered his fraudulent scheme and vow to hold those accountable who are trusted to dispense government funding, but choose instead to line their own pockets.”

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  • The Soldier Aug 26, 2013

    We are all evil! In one way or another. Its in our nature

  • Timetogo Aug 22, 2013

    I've known this man for 10 years and can tell you there is MUCH more to this story! There are others in higher positions who should be investigated as well, instead of just crucifying the man at the bottom. Good people get caught up in bad things and he will be punished. But he has done much good to a great many people and will be missed.

  • Barf-olomew Aug 22, 2013

    "rebelrabbi5771: This is a good man who made wrong decisions. He helped a lot of people. >> I hope he is treated fairly and that all the good he did will not be forgotten."

    I think you mispoke. Allow me to update:
    "The US taxpayers are good people who help alot of people. This man was a fraud who lined his pockets with stolen taxpayer money, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Any good he did was only by means of directing other people's hard earned money, and by no means of his own. While all taxpeyers should be thanked for their financial contributions to this outreach program, a special Thank You goes to the 1% who provided the majority of the taxpayer assistance."

    There. I think that is what you really meant. I consider myself thanked for the editorial assistance.

  • quadrathlete Aug 22, 2013

    This is a good man who made wrong decisions. rebelrabi5771

    I guess at some point we all are.

    He hurt a lot of people by stealing half a million dollars and not giving it to those who are in need. Really sounds like a selfish immoral bad man to me.

  • quadrathlete Aug 22, 2013

    Why do libbies always think there is no fraud and no money. This story plus Rural business center plus DMV overtime and on and on and on....

  • rebelrabbi5771 Aug 22, 2013

    This is a good man who made wrong decisions. He helped a lot of people. I am deeply saddened to hear of this. I hope he is treated fairly and that all the good he did will not be forgotten.

  • turbo08 Aug 21, 2013

    am so glad to see our taxpayers money put to good use - but hey - I am sure the Professor was from the "deserving class", which unfortunately there are too many today who belong to this class, rather than being honest, hard-working citizens like the rest of us. And the federal government is to blame for this also! jesmyopinio

    this has nothing to do with 'class', although some of us should try using some. This fraud is happening in every sector across the nation - people of all classes, colors, interests, backgrounds, etc have realized that there is little to ZERO oversight and BILLIONS are padding the 'disperses' pockets and never reach the intended (or stated intended). Newt had one great idea, to perform a LEAN/6S project on much of this
    Click to view my profile Ven

    Why do you use different usernames all the time? You have like three other accounts on here Ven. Don't lie because you know its true.

  • aspenstreet1717 Aug 21, 2013

    Another day another instance of the taxpayer being ripped off.

  • meeper Aug 21, 2013

    Why bother with even prosecuting him? Nothing will be done as far as punishment.

  • neverindoubt Aug 21, 2013

    "mail fraud"? sounds like embezzlement to me.

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