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Southern employees accused of stealing thousands

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Posted: Mar 1, 2011 6:14 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Mar 1, 2011 6:14 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Southern University, Fraud, Parviz Sharifrazi, Scott Woodall

BATON ROUGE - Two Southern University employees are indicted for stealing more than $150,000 from the University.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Dr. Parviz Sharifrazi, also known as Dr. Razi, created two fraudulent companies that Information Technology Specialist Scott Woodall used to supply fake estimates for equipment to the University.

The University paid those bills.

Faculty Senate President Dr. Sudhir Trivedi said the University attempted to fire Razi late last year after a tenure committee decided he was negligent in his work, but Trivedi said no one from the University has been able to contact Razi.

Several students and professors believe Razi may have fled to the Middle East. U.S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said he is not sure if Razi is in the country or not, but there is a warrant out for his arrest. He is accused of money laundering, theft, and mail fraud.

Woodall is accused of mail fraud. He has a summons for court.

Southern University said it cooperated fully with federal investigators, and has put measures in place to make sure an incident like this does not happen again.

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