Former UNC chair keeps pension after scandal

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The former chair of UNC’s former AFAM Department Julius Nyang’oro and his secretary Deborah Crowder would ultimately walk away from any potential criminal charges, according to WTVD-TV.

They not only get to keep their freedom, but also their pensions.

It’s a sore spot for UNC leaders and fans alike.

According to a spokesperson for the State Treasurer, “there is no statutory provision under which criminal charges – without a conviction – would impact a state retiree’s benefit.”

Crowder retired from UNC in October 2009. Since then, she’s received a monthly check for $1,916.35.

Nyangoro retired three years later. Because he participates in an Optional Retirement Plan with a private vendor approved by UNC, the amount of his payout is private.

A state employee can forfeit their pension, if convicted of a felony.

That provision went into effect December 1, 2012, five months after Nyang’oro retired from UNC.

Read full story: WTVD-TV