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Former Shaw professor sentenced to prison for mail fraud

Posted November 27, 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 been sentenced to 33 months in prison for mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Ademola L. Ejire, 53, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release after he leaves prison. He was facing up to 20 years in prison.

Ejire pleaded guilty to mail fraud in August. From 2001 to 2012, he 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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  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Dec 6, 2013

    Looks like the Grants Manager at Shaw got tossed, too. Dr. Ejire was not the only one who was in on this. More indictments may be coming. He turned, and he bargained to protect his wife and kids...this is far from over. http://www.higheredjobs.com/region/details.cfm?JobCode=175830443&Title=FT%20Staff%20-%20Grant%20Accountant%20%28PR10312013YT%29

  • 3TeensGrowinUp2Fast Dec 2, 2013

    The wife and kids totally knew!

  • jawsofsteel Nov 27, 2013

    The one thing I am glad of is the fact that a white person is not being blamed for the undermining of this institution. We all can make it work if we WORK together. And no, the time he received was a slap on the wrist. He should have received at least five years for this crime plus probation. Stand strong and report abuse.

  • FragmentFour Nov 27, 2013

    Glad he was convicted - wish he'd gotten the full 20 years. 33 months? No way is that enough time!

  • LL4U Nov 27, 2013

    Great - we taxpayers can continue to pay for his 3 hots and a cot while all the rest of us and other young people continue to do with less or do without due to his criminal greed. There appears to be a cultural problem here since the crime is the same with just different names.

  • rickandlinda88 Nov 27, 2013

    steals almost $500,000.00..33 months..any restitution involved??seems like small punishment for a whole lot of money..and do you really believe his wife did not know!!!

  • mike275132 Nov 27, 2013

    Interestingly , His Wife Arnette Ejire who participated in the Fraud is Asst. Dean for Budget and Finance at NCSU-

    Yes your tax dollars pays the salary for this person.

    Gee , I wonder why ?

  • SMAPAEA Nov 27, 2013

    His wife is not named, and as a condition of his cooperation, his wife and family are immune. It likely they didn't even know about it as the children were minors.

  • dennis8 Nov 27, 2013

    It is nearly impossible to get programs like this funded these days. 33 months is not nearly enough punishment for this "man".

  • Tax Man Nov 27, 2013

    Good work law enforcement

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