• April 21, 2014

Former Official at Texas Southern U. Gets 10 Years in Prison for Misuse of Funds

Quintin Wiggins, the former chief financial officer at Texas Southern University, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for misusing $286,000 in university money, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Wiggins steered the money into secret accounts used by the university’s former president, Priscilla D. Slade, to buy furniture, landscaping, and a security system for her home.

He was convicted last week of one count of misapplication of fiduciary property over $200,000, and could have received a sentence as lenient as five years of probation or as severe as life in prison.

The trial was a preview of Ms. Slade’s trial, which is to begin on August 10, and comes at a time of financial upheaval at the university. All nine members of the Board of Regents have recently resigned in response to demands by Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican. Governor Perry wants to appoint a conservator to run the university, which is seeking a major financial bailout from the state. —Paul Fain

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