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2 Former FAMU Officials Charged With Theft

By: Emily Johnson,Julie Montanaro Email
By: Emily Johnson,Julie Montanaro Email
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Associated Press News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two former Florida A&M University officials have been charged with stealing from a university fund that helps students attend away football games.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports that former dean of students Henry Kirby and former Student Government Association coordinator Morris Hawkins turned themselves Wednesday. Kirby is charged with one count of grand theft, and Hawkins was charged with three counts of grand theft and 11 counts of fraudulent claims.

The SGA began selling travel packages in 2008 for FAMU students to attend certain away football games. Authorities say Hawkins admitted to stealing at least $7,500 from the program, and investigators found more than $6,000 in reimbursement costs he should not have received. Kirby admitted to stealing $2,000 during an interview with investigators.

The university released a statement saying the missing money was initially discovered by an internal audit and reported to authorities.


By: Emily Johnson
March 12, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The former FAMU Dean, 60-year-old Henry Kirby and a former FAMU Accountant, 40-year-old Morris Hawkins are now behind bars. Kirby is accused of grand theft and a third degree felony. Hawkins meanwhile, faces three counts of grand theft 11 counts of fraudulent claims.

Attorney Tim Jansen represents Henry Kirby.

"Alleged that Mr. Hawkins was involved significantly with inappropriate and criminal conduct, we're going to do our own internal investigation and we're going to see what Mr. Kirby's conduct and actions were," said Jansen.

FDLE and FAMU Police started investigating in November of 2013. They said Kirby admitted to stealing $2,000. Hawkins meanwhile, allegedly admitted to stealing $7,500. Investigators also found Hawkins had more than $6,000 in reimbursement costs that he should not have received.

FDLE said the money stolen came from travel packages FAMU's Student Government Association sold to students staring in 2008 for $90. Those packages included hotel stays, game tickets and transportation. The Probable Cause report indicates Hawkins was responsible for the collection of those funds. It also shows that three to four trips were taken each year.

"Well it's going to look at all of the allegations. The allegations that Mr. Hawkins has made. We're going to look at any phone calls and comments that were attributed to my client," said Jansen.

FAMU released a statement stating the missing money was initially discovered by an internal audit and reported to the authorities.

Both Kirby and Hawkins turned themselves in earlier today and have been booked at the Leon County Jail.



News Release: FDLE
March 12, 2014, 5:15pm

Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Office of Executive Investigations arrested Henry Kirby, 60, for one count of grand theft after he allegedly stole money from the FAMU Student Government Association (SGA). Former SGA coordinator of accounting and budgets, Morris Hawkins, 40, was also arrested on three counts of grand theft and 11 counts of fraudulent claims.

FDLE and the FAMU Police Department began a joint investigation in November 2013 after Hawkins, who was already under investigation, alleged Kirby also stole funds from the SGA.

Beginning in 2008, the SGA began selling travel packages to FAMU students to attend certain away football games. Students paid $90 for the price of a game ticket, hotel and transportation. Usually 3 to 4 trips were planned each year.

Hawkins admitted to stealing at least $7,500 and investigators found more than $6,000 in reimbursement costs he should not have received. Kirby admitted to stealing $2,000 during an interview with investigators.

Kirby and Hawkins turned themselves in earlier today and were booked into the Leon County Jail.

The Office of the State Attorney, 2nd Judicial Circuit, will prosecute this case.


By: Julie Montanaro
March 12, 2014, 4:30pm

FDLE confirms that former FAMU Dean Henry Kirby has just been arrested for grand theft.

Kirby, 60, is accused of stealing $2000 from the Student Government Association, according to FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Plesinger.


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