- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A former director of a program at the University of South Carolina has been sentenced in federal court after she pleaded guilty in June to committing grant fraud.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles told The State newspaper (https://bit.ly/1YKm4fj) that 62-year-old Gail Shurling was sentenced in Columbia on Wednesday to 27 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis also ordered Shurling to serve three years of supervised release. She also must pay more than $335,000 in restitution.

Nettles said Shurling was the director of the Center for Manufacturing and Technology at the university when she submitted fraudulent documentation to obtain federal grant money.

Prosecutors say Shurling approved contracts and payments to shell corporations that were controlled by friends, family members and herself for work that was never completed.

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Information from: The State, https://www.thestate.com

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