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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former U of L Education Dean Felner

A federal grand jury in Louisville has returned an indictment against former University of Louisville Education Dean Robert Felner, charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.Also facing the same charges is Thomas Schroeder of Illinois, a longtime Felner friend and associate.The indictment alleges Felner and Schroeder fraudulently obtained more than $2 million from the University of Louisville and the University of Rhode Island, where Felner worked before coming to U of L.Felner is also charged with federal income tax evasion.The U.S. Attorney's office began investigating Felner earlier this year amid allegations that he mishandled a federal grant awarded to U of L. At that time, Felner had just taken a job at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He withdrew from the post after the allegations surfaced.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.