Fmr UNC Dept Manager Won’t Face Criminal Charges In Academic Investigation

By Rachel Nash Posted March 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Tuesday that former UNC employee, Deborah Crowder, who was connected to the University’s athletic and academic scandal, will not face criminal charges.

Woodall said Crowder, who was Department Manager of African and Afro-American Studies during the time academic improprieties were found to have occurred, has been working  with prosecutors in the criminal investigation of the case.

“She has cooperated during the investigation. She has continued to cooperate. She has indicated her willingness to cooperate with the independent investigation that has been started,” he said.

The University recently hired former U.S. Justice Department attorney Kenneth Wainstein to conduct an independent inquiry, based on information revealed during the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the department.

This probe led to the indictment of Julius Nyang’oro, the Former Chair of the AFAM Department.

“One thing that I have tried to point out since this started almost two years ago was that a criminal investigation was never going to delve into the academic improprieties that took place. This was designed to try to determine if crimes were committed, and if so, who committed them,” Woodall said.

In December, an Orange County grand jury indicted Nyang’oro on the charge of obtaining property by false pretenses. Woodall alleges that Nyang’oro accepted $12,000 for a UNC summer class he did not teach. Woodall told WCHL News that if he were to be convicted, that charge would likely not result in time in prison.

Nyang’oro is expected to make his second court appearance in April.

Woodall said he does not anticipate that any one else will be charged.

“I cannot say absolutely that there will be no other charges because new information could surface, but based on the information that I know now, I don’t anticipate there will be any other charges,” he said.

Five people were recently indicted by Secretary of State Elaine Marshal for breaking the Unified Athlete Agent Act. Former UNC tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson was among those charged with athlete-agent inducement in connection with Georgia-based sports agent, Terry Watson. Watson was also indicted as he is accused of enticing athletes to employ him as an agent once they decided to go pro.

 

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