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Former TSU law school assistant dean charged with theft

August 10, 2020

A former assistant dean of admissions and financial aid at TSU’s law school was charged with theft Monday for a scheme in which he stole from the university by awarding doubled tuition scholarships to at least two students, then made the students return the extra money, which he pocketed.

Edward Wayne Rene, 52, is charged in state court with theft by a public servant of $30,000 to $150,000, a second-degree felony. If convicted, he faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison because he was a public official.

“The former TSU Law School Dean of Admissions masterminded a variety of schemes to steal money from the school by diverting student scholarship funds to himself.  He abused his power for personal profit and his actions hurt the school and the students,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “It was the TSU Board of Regents who brought us the case following an internal investigation, and we applaud their swift actions to bring this thief to justice.”

The TSU regents brought the case to the District Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Division, which then worked with the FBI to investigate allegations that Rene had abused his power to privately enrich himself, Ogg said.

“Public corruption is the top criminal priority for the FBI,” said Perrye K. Tuner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Houston Division. “While rooting out public corruption is exceptionally difficult, the FBI's success in investigating this violation is due largely to the cooperation and coordination from our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and the communities we serve- whose intolerance of the abuse of public office prompts them to come forward and report it,” he said.

Anyone with further information about possible wrongdoing in this matter is urged to contact the District Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Division or FBI’s Houston Division

To reach the District Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Division, call 713-274-5911 or click here.

To reach the FBI, call 713-693-5000 or go to https://tips.fbi.gov/

Now that grand juries have returned with the safeguards to work during the pandemic, prosecutors expect to present evidence to grand jurors in coming weeks.

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