THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION. APRIL 24, 2013. Prosecutors charged Robert Shearer, who left the university in 2009, with 128 felonies for allegedly taking bribes in return for approving waste-disposal contracts to an outside vendor who was also charged, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The contracts cost the university millions more than it should have paid. Mr. Shearer, who is 68, also was accused of receiving an automobile and airplane tickets from the vendor. He is being represented by a public defender but does not yet have a lawyer, the newspaper reported.
Several companies offered to take the contracts for less money, but Shearer told his bosses that Cheung’s firm was the only bidder, said District Attorney George Gascón. Cheung collected a total of $4 million from San Francisco State over the years, far more than the university should have paid, prosecutors said. Cheung’s company charged $730,000 the last year it had the contract under Shearer, prosecutors said. The waste-hauler that Cheung replaced was charging $162,000, Gascón said.
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