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Ex-director at Southern pleads guilty to fraud

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Posted: Aug 19, 2011 6:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: southern university, Scott Woodall, SU, trial, fraud

BATON ROUGE- A former director of information technologies at Southern University has pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud that cost the school $157,366.

First Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Green tells The Advocate a second defendant, a tenured mechanical engineering professor, remains a fugitive.

Scott D. Woodall of Denham Springs entered the guilty plea Thursday.

The fugitive professor is Parviz Sharifrazi. Authorities have not been able to locate him since he and Woodall were indicted in February.

Woodall admitted to U.S. District Judge James J. Brady that he and Sharifrazi set up shell companies to defraud Southern in a scheme that began in early 2008 and continued through December 2009.

Brady did not immediately schedule a sentencing hearing.

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