Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lawyers. Guns. Money. Endowed Chair.

Remember the U engineering professor who went on a gun-buying binge last year after being charged with aggravated forgery? You know, the Director of the Technological Leadership Institute? 14 pistols in three weeks? The guy who said the reason for all the gun-buying was "birthday gifts"?

He's been convicted of forgery and attempted theft by swindle. From the Star Tribune:

Jurors deliberated for a few hours before convicting a University of Minnesota professor of falsifying the value of his retirement nest egg in an attempt to cheat his former wife out of her share.

Massoud Amin, 57, was convicted Friday of one count of attempted theft by swindle over $35,000 and two counts of aggravated forgery.

The jurors found several of what the law calls "aggravating factors" in the case that opens the way for prosecutors to seek a sentence harsher than what state guidelines recommend, including multiple incidents of theft by swindle over a long period of time and potential losses of more than $100,000. 

But he's still listed on the U's web page as Director of the Technological Leadership Institute, as well as the holder of the Honeywell/Harold W. Sweatt Chair in Technological Leadership.

The U says it will be "reviewing the matter."

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