Federal prosecutors: Pinson should forfeit $850,000

Federal prosecutors: Pinson should forfeit $850,000

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the former chairman of South Carolina State University's board of trustees should forfeit more than $850,000 following his conviction on public corruption charges.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports (http://bit.ly/1JDHC6I) that Jonathan Pinson's attorneys wrote in a filing Friday that he should only have to pay up to $108,000.

Pinson was convicted in July on 29 counts including racketeering, kickbacks and money laundering but was acquitted on other counts that involved similar evidence.

Authorities say Pinson skimmed federal money going to a low-income housing project in Columbia and a diaper factory in Marion County, then filed false paperwork to get more money from the government.

He faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced later.

Information from: The Times & Democrat, http://www.timesanddemocrat.com

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