RALEIGH — A former Shaw University professor pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to mail fraud, acknowledging that he fraudulently obtained nearly $470,000 from a federal program designed to nurture high school students in the fields of science and math.
Ademola Ejire, 53, of Raleigh, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle. Ejire is set to be sentenced in November and faces up to 20 years in prison.
In the brief hearing, federal prosecutors laid out their case against Ejire, who served for nearly a decade as manager of the Environmental Protection Agencys Research Apprenticeship Program at Shaw.
Prosecutors said that from 2001 to July 2012 Ejire fraudulently represented that his wife was an employee of Shaw University working as the EPA coordinator for the grant. He also misrepresented that his children were participants. Students in the program were eligible for stipends.
Under the deal Ejire struck with prosecutors his wife cannot be charged in the case. He had to surrender his passport, but remained free until his sentencing.