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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

2 former Morris Brown Officals Headed to Court

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Atlanta in the trial of two administrators who federal officials say were responsible for the financial breakdown of Morris Brown College.

Former president Dolores Cross and former financial director Parvesh Singh, who lives in Indiana, will be tried in court on federal charges that they defrauded the government, the historically black college and its students.

The 121-year-old school also faces civil lawsuits filed by former and current students. One lawsuit accuses the school of defaulting on a $13 million property bond. Attorneys involved in the case say it could lead to foreclosure on some of the college's most historic buildings.

Morris Brown has an enrollment of just 44 students. It lost its accreditation in 2003 and has continued to operate as a scaled-down version of its former self.

The school offers three degree programs and employs nine faculty members. Students are no longer eligible for state or federal aid.

Cross, who lives in Chicago, and Singh were charged in December 2004 in a 34-count indictment that accused them of defrauding the school, the U.S. Department of Education and hundreds of students

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