Former Pittsburg State official sentenced for fraud

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – A former official at Pittsburg State University faces a year and a half in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas said in a release Monday that 61-year-old Michael Muoghalu was a former director of the masters of business administration program at Pittsburg State University.

The prosecutor’s office says he admitted the crimes occurred while he was responsible for managing the graduate student exchange program between Pittsburg State University and schools in Nigeria.

Prosecutors say Muoghalu falsely told the Nigerian students they had to pay him or his associates a fee for representing them in their application process. In addition to the sentence, Muoghalu also has to repay about $148,000.

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