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Case against SC State officials moves to Charleston court

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Former Chairman of SC State Board of Trustees Jonathon Pinson Former Chairman of SC State Board of Trustees Jonathon Pinson
ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -

It took nearly a week, but the case against the most powerful man at South Carolina State University is on its way from Columbia to Charleston. That's where Jonathon Pinson's case is set to be heard by a jury, some time within the next 12 months.      

Pinson pleaded not guilty and is prepared to defend himself against four months worth of FBI wire tap evidence.

The University's former chairman of the Board of Trustees is free on bond, accused of plotting kickback schemes and using his position for profit.


The FBI says it caught Pinson on his cell phone trying to get the university to buy a $3 million property.  Out of that, the feds say Pinson would get a $110,000 Porsche Chayenne.

The FBI says Pinson's co-conspirator, former University Police Chief Michael Bartley wanted a cut, too. Prosecutors say Bartley's kickback was $30,000 and an ATV.

Prosecutors say Pinson also got his business partner's entertainment firm the contracts for the university's homecoming concert in 2011. The firm cleared $60,000. The feds say Pinson took a kickback on that, too.

It all happened, prosecutors say, as Pinson led the university's board of trustees.

Pinson faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.


Coming up next week WIS will have a four-part investigative series into the indictments as well as information that connects other SC State officials to these federal investigations.

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