A 46-year-old Florida man is facing two charges of bribery and one charge of official misconduct. The former Florida A&M University admissions officer has been accused of altering records and offering school admission for cash. Each of these charges is considered a white collar crime, and together they will make up the basis for the case that was initiated in March by the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

Court records indicate the man allegedly told the mothers of two students that, if they paid him money, he would ensure the students were admitted to the university despite the fact that they had previously been disqualified. One of the mothers agreed and paid the bribe. The second student’s mother, however, contacted police and reported the bribery attempt. In conjunction with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the woman reportedly paid him in cash provided by officials.

Florida A&M University placed the man on administrative leave without pay in April 2016, and in August, they terminated his employment. Following his dismissal from the university, he then started work at the Ghazvini Learning Center assisting teachers. However, he has since surrendered to authorities and was placed on administrative leaving pending a review of the charges against him.

As in any other criminal case, someone accused of a white collar crime usually requests the counsel of a criminal defense attorney. An experienced lawyer would be able to guide the accused through court proceedings and may be able to provide advice on possible defense strategies. Whether this defendant decides to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges against him, a criminal defense attorney can offer insight into how best to proceed.

Source: tallahassee.com, “Ex-FAMU admissions officer facing bribery charges“, Karl Etters, Nov. 2, 2016

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