OIG Investigative Reports Press Release Columbia SC., 08/26/2015 - Former Charter School Director Sentenced to 42 Months for Embezzling Government Funds Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA U.S. Attorneys » District of South Carolina » News Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of South Carolina FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Former Charter School Director Sentenced to 42 Months for Embezzling Government Funds Contact Person: Benjamin Garner (803) 929-3000 Columbia, South Carolina – – – United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Benita Dinkins-Robinson, age 40, of Bishopville, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for embezzling government funds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641. United States Chief District Judge Terry Wooten sentenced Dinkins-Robinson to 42 months» imprisonment and ordered her to pay over $1.5 million in restitution. Evidence presented during the ten-day trial and during the asset forfeiture phase of the case established that from 2007 to 2013, Dinkins-Robinson embezzled more than a million dollars in federal funds supplied by United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Education that were intended to be used for the Mary L. Dinkins Higher Learning Academy, a charter school Dinkins-Robinson established in 2005. The jury also determined that Dinkins-Robinson must forfeit over $750,000 in annuities that she purchased while serving as the Executive Director of the charter school as well as her share in a Camden house that she owned. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Education Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorneys Winston Holliday and Ben Garner of the Columbia office handled the case. ##### Financial Fraud USAO - South Carolina Top Printable view Last Modified: 09/02/2015 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Apply for a Grant Eligibility for Grants Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs Press Releases FAQs Budget, Performance Subscribe to E-Mail Updates Notices FOIAPrivacyAccessibilitySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Former Charter School Director Sentenced to 42 Months for Embezzling Government Funds. Columbia, SC., August 26, 2015
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2015-08-26.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.