Former chairman of the African and Afro-American Studies department Julius Nyang’oro has been indicted by a grand jury after a year-and-a-half-long State Bureau of Investigation probe found that he allegedly received $12,000 for teaching a class he never taught.
According to the indictment for obtaining property by false pretenses, Nyang’oro was paid to teach a “face-to-face” lecture course, AFAM 280, during summer session II in 2011, but did not hold class face to face.
Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said another indictment for a former academic employee might come out in January. He said Nyang’oro will appear in court Tuesday, and that the typical consequence for this charge if he is found guilty is probation.
“We didn’t see a lot of criminal action — academic fraud, impropriety, that’s not illegal,” Woodall said in an interview.
In August of 2012, former Chancellor Holden Thorp announced an outside review to be led by former Gov. Jim Martin that would investigate academic irregularities into the Department of African and Afro-American studies before previously found instances of irregular courses in 2007.