FAMU Students Indicted for Changing Grades

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Some FAMU students are facing serious consequences for allegedly making unauthorized grade changes. The federal indictment says the three men changed grades for some 90 students.

23 year old Marcus Barrington, 27 year old Christopher Jacquette, and 22 year old Lawrence Secrease are accused of cheating the university system. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the three students changed students' residency status, changed 114 "F" grades to "A" grades, and switched about 650 grades overall. This made 90 students eligible for financial aid--who otherwise would not be. For the majority of students on a campus still working through tough -times-this news doesn't sit very well.

Kimberly Cole said, "We're all trying to build back FAMU's reputation and we all are trying to get our grades up, build a better standard for FAMU in general and when you have students bring down the accreditation of the school by actually changing grades, it actually reflects back on the school in general."

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the three conspirators obtained administrative names and passwords by installing software that is able to remember keystrokes. If the three are indicted--they could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for conspiracy, five for unauthorized access of a protected computer, and a mandatory minimum sentence of two years for aggravated identity theft.

The indictments are a result of a joint investigation by FAMU Police, the FDLE, and the FBI.


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  • by Idiot on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:31 AM
    Famu in the news again?!How many chances does this papermill get? I know there are several hardworking students trying hard to get the grades and several decent Profs that want the best for this college and it's students. It's a shame that there are just as many crooks,cheats,thieves and liars that are linked to this HBC. This school needs to drop the HBC thing and start living in the 21st century here in America. Start bringing in more students from different backgrounds to even out the diversity of this campus. When these schools were started they were for a good thing but in todays society they are not gaining any ground when it comes to leveling the field for all peoples. These schools should be geared more for students with less economic ability than the color of someones skin. There are honest willing people in our country that if given a chance would honor the chance to be in college and get a real degree. All of these HBC need to drop the stigma and move into the 21st century.
  • by Anon on Oct 24, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    20 years is great, it's these kinds of people (computer hacks) that have made viruses, stolen identities and cost people millions in lost revenue. Put them away. Start catching more of these hacks.
  • by Successful FAMU Grad Location: North Carolina on Oct 24, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    The acts of these intelligent young men shines a negative light on the University, but this has nothing to do with the integrity of the University. "Jeb," a FAMU degree is as credible as any other degree. The actions of these young men are common among all universities, even the ones that you think deserve tax dollars. These young men abused a system and used their intelligence in a negative way. Everyone should be responsible for their own actions and face the necessary consequences, including you Jeb for taking the time to make such an ignorant comment regarding an institution of higher learning. Remember that there are wealthy and successful FAMU graduates who received a well rounded education like no other. I LOVE FAMU and there is no place in the world that I would have preferred to go to school than FAMU - A choice I made that I will never regret. Have a beautiful day.
  • by Bob Location: Perry on Oct 24, 2008 at 08:30 AM
    Thought they all made A's at FAMU.........
  • by Jaja Location: Wakulla on Oct 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    I agree with Philip its not worth 20 years they should just be kicked out of school
  • by philip house Location: wakulla on Oct 23, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    i really dont think they should get 20 yrs for that they just need to be kicked out of school
  • by Jeb Location: Tallahassee on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Well, not really surprised here are we? A degree from FAMU is not really taken seriously outside of Tallahassee or the Black community anyway so little damage done here. What kind of waste of TAX dollar is this institution?!? I think its time to have a SERIOUS investigation done over there.
  • by ccw Location: inyourface on Oct 23, 2008 at 05:02 AM
    Thief is a Thief. FAMU ThUG's. Didn't even need a gun to STEAL .
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