Former KSU education dean convicted of false statements and writings

A Cobb County jury last week convicted former Kennesaw State University (KSU) Bagwell College of Education Dean Dr. Yiping Wan of two counts False Statements and Writings.

Wan was charged with misrepresenting the cost of airlines tickets to KSU between August 2005 and April 2006.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster sentenced Wan to five years probation under the First Offender Act. Wan was also ordered to pay $3,930 in restitution and a $2,000 fine.

Wan was indicted on April 17, 2008, on two counts of False Statements and Writings and three counts of Theft by Taking. Specifically, the charges alleged that Wan made an arrangement with a travel agent purchasing airline tickets for three university-related trips to China to pay more for the tickets than they actually cost, according to prosecutors.

The travel agent reimbursed him the difference, and then Wan submitted reimbursement requests reflecting the greater amount for the ticket to KSU, according to prosecutors. By overstating the cost of the tickets and being reimbursed for that amount, Wan received $3,930 more than he was entitled to from KSU. He resigned from KSU in 2007.

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