DA: Crowder won’t be charged in UNC fraud case

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 05:31 PM

A retired administrator tied to fraud at an academic department at UNC won’t face criminal charges, District Attorney Jim Woodall said Tuesday.

Deborah Crowder, who worked at the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, has cooperated with the criminal investigation and agreed to continue cooperating with the DA’s office, Woodall said.

“She’s also going to cooperate with the independent investigation being conducted by [former U.S. Justice Department official] Ken Wainstein,” Woodall said.

“And I just think it’s not unusual in criminal cases when we have witnesses who may have been suspects at one point, when they cooperate, for them to be used to continue investigations or to act as witnesses in cases,” he said. “[The decision] was based on all the circumstances and her cooperation.”

Problems in the UNC department included no-show classes with large athlete enrollments and unauthorized grade changes.

School investigations blamed Crowder and former department chairman Julius Nyang’oro, who was charged in December with receiving $12,000 to teach a summer 2011 lecture course filled with football players and instead treating it as an independent study requiring a paper.

Woodall said Nyang’oro’s next hearing is set for April 29 in Orange County Superior Court in Hillsborough.