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14 charged in Bishop State fraud investigation

MOBILE (AP) — The director of Bishop State Community College's financial aid office was among 14 people charged with theft Tuesday in an ongoing fraud investigation at the Mobile school.

Financial aid director Charles Weymon Holloway, 59, was charged with first degree theft by deception along with his sister-in-law Jaqueline Williams, who is employed in the school's maintenance department. Also charged were the school's softball coach, baseball coach, barbering teacher, tailoring instructor and bookstore, cosmetology and admissions employees.

"We have now charged 27 people with felony theft since our investigations began last summer," District Attorney John Tyson Jr. said in a statement Tuesday. "The corruption in this office runs deep, and we are still investigating."

A special report released by the state Department of Examiners of Public Accounts in February showed dubious practices and spending at the school, including $438,285.95 in questioned costs. Of that, $293,496.02 was in federal financial assistance.

Bishop State President Rep. Yvonne Kennedy, D-Mobile, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, but has said corrective actions were taken to address the problems found in the February audit. State school board member Randy McKinney, whose district includes Bishop State, said the situation at the Mobile school shows the difficulties in having two-year employees also serving as legislators.

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