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Ex-College Official in California Is Sentenced to 5 Years for Defrauding Students

08/30/2012

The Chronicle of Higher Education - August 29, 2012

A former director of a California college’s fire-technology program has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to repay some $443,000 to the college for overcharging students, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Jerry Dewayne Austin, a former official at Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, Calif., was arrested andcharged last year with creating a fraudulent bank account that he opened in the college’s name and used to deposit extra money that he charged students. When the scheme was disclosed, the college reimbursed the students. Mr. Austin pleaded no contest in December to 16 felony charges. He can appeal the sentence within 60 days, the newspaper reported.