By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The inspector general says South Carolina State University has diverted $6.5 million meant for agriculture research to cover debts since 2007.
Inspector General Patrick Maley said he found no fraud, but rather a pattern of mismanagement that allowed the inappropriate practice to escalate out of control.
His report comes a month after the university's president asked lawmakers for $13.6 million to pay unpaid bills that began piling up in October.
Maley says the university previously covered deficits by using state match money for a federal program that provides farming research and assistance throughout the state. The money should be restricted to the program.
Maley says university officials have agreed to create a separate account for the program and repay the $6.5 million, which is driving its current cash flow crisis.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.