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2 former FAMU officials charged with theft

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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.

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