A hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning in federal court in Charleston involves the ongoing corruption probe at S.C. State University, according to sources.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Carolina issued a press release Monday indicating only that a 10:30 a.m. hearing is planned "in connection with an ongoing investigation involving allegations of bank fraud, public corruption and the criminal misuse and conversion of public funds."
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Wicker would not divulge any further details, but the wording of the official release mirrored that of past announcements involving plea hearings in the S.C. State case.
The proceeding is also taking place in front of U.S. District Judge David Norton, the judge presiding over the S.C. State case.
Norton's calendar for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. shows a hearing involving Edwin Givens, the university's former general counsel and chief of staff. He was one of eight high-level employees fired in February 2012 in connection with an internal investigation.
According to documents previously released by the university, Givens and the other seven terminated employees were let go for "conduct unbecoming of a state employee that substantially affects your fitness to perform assigned duties and that reflects unfavorable on the university, and your substantial failure to follow university rules, policies and procedures."
Givens could not be reached for comment Monday. His attorney, Bart Daniel, would not comment on the hearing.
So far, five people have pleaded guilty in connection with the corruption investigation at the historically black college, and two others - former South Carolina State University board Chairman Jonathan Pinson and Eric Robinson, a close friend and business partner - are awaiting trial on various charges.
The corruption case deals with a shady land deal, kickbacks and other development projects. It was investigated by the FBI, IRS, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State Law Enforcement Division.
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