Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Admission bribery scheme in Delaware State University nets New Jersey man 3-year prison


A 35-year-old New Jersey man was sentenced to prison for his involvement in a bribery scheme that would give Delaware State University students tuition breaks.

A federal court judge sentenced Stephen Williams to three and a half years in prison Friday afternoon. Williams, who lived in Asbury Park, was also ordered to pay $3.2 million to the victim and will have to complete three years of probation after his time in prison.

EARLIER: Delaware State alum pleads guilty as ‘leader’ of tuition break bribery scheme

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AND: Accused co-conspirator in Delaware State University bribery case indicted

“It was a quick way to make easy money in a dark time of my life,” Williams said during his sentencing.

Williams pleaded guilty in May to one count of bribery for accepting payments from out-of-state students to have their university registration status changed to in-state, saving them thousands in annual tuition.

Williams’ co-defendant, former university registrar Crystal Martin, pleaded guilty to federal crimes tied to the scheme in 2019.

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