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Final SC State corruption defendant sentenced to probation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced the final co-defendant in a kickback and corruption scheme at South Carolina State University.

Assistant U.S. Attorney J.D. Rowell says a federal judge on Monday sentenced Florida businessman Richard Zahn to three years probation. Zahn is also required to fund a $25,000 scholarship at the Orangeburg school.

He’s the last person brought to justice in the case that landed South Carolina State’s former board chairman in prison. Jonathan Pinson is appealing his five-year sentence on 29 federal charges in schemes involving a 2011 homecoming, an effort to sell the 121-acre Sportsman’s Retreat to the university, a Marion County diaper factory and a Columbia-area housing complex.

Four other men, including the school’s former police chief, have been sentenced to probation.

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