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52-count indictment unsealed against former SC State chair, businessman

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) – Federal prosecutors have unsealed a 52-count indictment against the former South Carolina State University board chairman and his business associate that outlines dozens of racketeering and corruption charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, former chairman Jonathan Pinson was charged with 51 violations and businessman Eric Robinson was charged with 11 violations. The indictment alleges Pinson used his position at SC State to commit the crimes.

Both men are charged with racketeering through mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, extortion and bribery.

Prosecutors say Robinson offered Pinson kickbacks and Pinson has been charged with extortion. Pinson was also tied to a fraudulent loan for a diaper plant in the Midlands and a federal grant to refurbish an apartment complex in Columbia. Prosecutors say those loans were used for kickbacks and to pay off other loans.

Robinson and Pinson are also accused of lying to federal investigators about an investigation into the 2011 Homecoming concert.

Both men will be arraigned at a later date, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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