52-count indictment unsealed against former SC State chair, businessman
ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) - Federalprosecutors have unsealed a 52-count indictment against the former SouthCarolina State University board chairman and his business associate thatoutlines dozens of racketeering and corruption charges.
According to the U.S. Attorney'sOffice, former chairman Jonathan Pinson was charged with 51 violations andbusinessman Eric Robinson was charged with 11 violations. The indictmentalleges Pinson used his position at SC State to commit the crimes.
Both men are charged withracketeering through mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion andbribery.
Prosecutors say Robinsonoffered Pinson kickbacks and Pinson has been charged with extortion. Pinson wasalso tied to a fraudulent loan for a diaper plant in the Midlands and a federalgrant to refurbish an apartment complex in Columbia. Prosecutors say those loans wereused for kickbacks and to pay off other loans.
Robinson and Pinson are alsoaccused of lying to federal investigators about an investigation into the 2011Homecoming concert.
Both men will be arraigned at alater date, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.