FBI Getting Involved in UA Budget Shortfall Investigation

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR — The FBI is now getting involved with an investigation into a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall at the University of Arkansas.

The move comes after a $4.2 million deficit was uncovered in the university’s fundraising division earlier this year.

According to the Washington County Prosecutor’s office in Fayetteville, a local FBI agent is now helping sort through records and conducting interviews to figure out what happened.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office is looking at possible charges in the accounting practices that led to the deficit, including claims that university leaders mishandled and possibly destroyed public records.

Former University Vice-Chancellor Brad Choate has a hearing scheduled for Dec. 13.

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