The former Director / Project Manager for SIUE’s Small Business Development Center and project manager for the Highway Construction Preparatory Training Program has been indicted in federal court. 38-year-old Kwa Mister of Fairview Heights is accused of lying to the government about whether the owner of Phoenix Support Services was his mother. Phoenix received five contracts through the college to serve as an independent consultant to assist with the Highway Construction Preparatory Training Program.
The indictment alleges Mister hid the fact that Phoenix was headed by his mother and lied about the familial relationship – a potential conflict of interest - when questioned by the University. Mister is charged with lying to federal agents concerning whether he provided false information to SIUE. The University was part of an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation, acting as the fiscal agent for the training program. If convicted, Mister could be sentenced to up to ten years in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine.