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A former Howard University student employee, Tyrone Hankerson Jr., is at the center of a financial aid scam to the tune of  $429,000

A Howard Law student has issued a statement saying that “I have done nothing illegal or wrong. When the truth comes out, it will be confirmed that I followed all rules and protocol with the approval of the then financial aid officers in any grants, scholarships or awards given to me as a student who attended class all year round and traveled abroad.”

Howard University’s president Wayne Frederick has confirmed that an audit of their 2006 to 2016 records found university grants awarded to employees that were also receiving tuition remission. Basically receiving aid that amounted to more than the cost of attendance, allowing them to receive “inappropriate refunds”.

An outside auditor’s investigation led to the firing of six employees for “gross misconduct and neglect of duties.” The university has outlined new policies implemented that require that all university grant awards be reviewed and approved by the Budget Office prior to being awarded by the Financial Aid Office.