A former employee at SIUE is facing up to ten years in prison after he allegedly lied to federal agents. 38-year old Kwa Mister of Fairview Heights pled guilty to an indictment that charged him with making a false statement to the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering, and Fraud Investigators last week according to United States Attorney Stephen Wigginton.

According to Wigginton’s office, Mister hired his mother’s company to provide services to SIUE while he served as the institution’s Director/Project Manager at the Small Business Development Center. When questioned about the contracts and services rendered, the indictment alleges that Mister lied to federal agents concerning whether he provided false information to SIUE. He faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release. Sentencing has been set for July 24.

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