Chicago State University publications director indicted

A former publications and copy center director for Chicago State University was indicted Tuesday on fraud and official-misconduct charges for allegedly bilking the university out of $65,104.

A Cook County Grand Jury returned the eight-count indictment against Michael Vernon Warren, who will be arraigned on March 2, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, which began investigating Warren in September 2007.

Warren, 60, and his wife owned a business, called the A&W Group, which was paid $251,000 by the university in early 2007 to supply two copying machines and paper for a federally funded “textbooks/teaching and learning materials program,” Madigan spokesman Scott Mulford said.

Warren did not disclose his ownership in the firm when his firm entered into the contracts.

A&W then inflated the cost of the machines by $52,376 and paper by $12,728, Mulford said.

When Chicago State discovered what had happened, Warren was fired and the school repaid the federal government, the school told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2008.

If convicted, Warren could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. A lawyer that the Attorney General’s office said was representing Warren had no immediate comment this afternoon.

Attempts to reach Warren were unsuccessful.

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