Ex-SC State trustee Pinson pleads not guilty

  • Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 10:06 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A former South Carolina State University trustee has pleaded not guilty on new charges related to a public corruption case.

Jonathan Pinson entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Columbia to charges including racketeering.

Federal prosecutors say Pinson lied to law enforcement, paid himself money that should have gone to contractors on a government-funded project and submitted false paperwork to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to get more money.

He has previously pleaded not guilty to taking kickbacks in exchange for arranging business deals involving S.C. State, including trying to get the Orangeburg school to buy land from a Florida developer in exchange for a Porsche SUV as a “thank you” gift for Pinson.

Pinson’s attorney says his client will fight the charges.

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