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Former FAMU admissions officer arrested for bribery

11/2/2016
 
NEWS RELEASE
Former FAMU admissions officer arrested for bribery

 

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2016

 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Leman Junior Ulee, 46, for two counts of bribery and one count of official misconduct for receiving unauthorized payments from prospective students and family members.   Ulee was an admissions officer with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
 
At the request of FAMU, FDLE began its investigation in March 2016.  According to the investigation, Ulee charged a fee to alter the academic records of prospective students, who otherwise may not have been admitted into the university. Investigators believe the students had no knowledge of the scam, and may have assumed the additional fees to be part of the admissions process.  In April 2016, the University placed Ulee on administrative leave without pay, and terminated his employment in August.
 
Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “I commend FAMU administrators for promptly reporting the alleged illegal activity to law enforcement and ask that any student victims of this scam contact FDLE.”


“We believe there are additional victims who may not realize they were scammed,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen.  “I encourage current and former FAMU students to contact FDLE if you believe you could be a victim.”
 
FAMU's Vice President for Student Affairs, William Hudson Jr., Ph.D. said, “FAMU worked collaboratively with FDLE investigators. We thank them for working to bring closure to this case, and encourage students and parents with knowledge of such illegal activity to contact state investigators.”
 
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact FDLE Tallahassee at 850-410-7501. 
 
Ulee turned himself in yesterday afternoon and was booked into the Leon County Jail.
 
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute this case.  
 
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Molly Best or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001