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Ex-college fire program director gets prison

Posted: August 29, 2012 10:00 p.m.
Updated: August 29, 2012 10:00 p.m.

POMONA (AP) — The ex-director of a Southern California community college fire technology program has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $443,000 restitution for defrauding students.

Prosecutors say 58-year-old Jerry Dewayne Austin overcharged Mt. San Antonio College students during a six-year period ending in 2010 for training and equipment.

He also embezzled $150,000 from the Walnut school 25 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ( says the money went into a phony school account opened by Austin.

Austin pleaded no contest in December to 16 felony counts, including identity theft, forgery and grand theft.

He was arrested and subsequently fired after the school discovered the off-the-books bank account opened in the college's name.



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