Former Pittsburg State Professor Pleads Guilty to Fraud - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Former Pittsburg State Professor Pleads Guilty to Fraud

by Associated Press

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A former Pittsburg State University professor has admitted defrauding a Nigerian graduate student exchange program he led at the university out of more than $140,000.

The Joplin Globe reports 61-year-old Michael Muoghalu pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Wichita to wire fraud and money laundering.

In exchange for the plea agreement, the prosecutor agreed to recommend a lower sentence. He will also be required to repay the university $148,430.

Prosecutors allege that beginning in 2006 Muoghalu worked with an unknown accomplice in Nigeria to persuade 15 Nigerian students to give him part of the refunds they received after they deposited money with the university for tuition and fees.

Muoghalu, who taught finance at the school for 23 years, resigned last September.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Historically Black Colleges Make Gains on NCAA’S APR Report INDIANAPOLIS – Athletes at historically black colleges and universities are making major gains in the classroom, according to the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate. The single-year rate at HBCUs over the last five years has increased 34 poin...
Report: New Mexico Public College Enrollment Dropping Fast SANTA FE, N.M. - A recent decline in enrollment at New Mexico public colleges outpaced nearly every state in the nation. An association of state higher education agencies says enrollment dropped by nearly 5 percent at New Mexico public colleges fo...
Professor Apologizes for Fiery Response to Muslim Student CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati music teacher has apologized for his fiery online responses to a Muslim student who was critical of Donald Trump’s presidency and talked about celebrating freedom and diversity. College-Conservatory of Music...
Colleges Wrestle with Issue of Using Students’ Fees for Controversial Speakers Katherine Kerwin didn’t like to see a portion of the student fees she pays being spent to bring conservative speaker Ben Shapiro to the University of Wisconsin. Kerwin didn’t agree with Shapiro’s criticism of what he said were attempts to chill fr...
Semantic Tags: