Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


November 2, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Former University Admissions Officer Arrested for Bribery
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today announced the arrest of a former admissions officer with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Leman Junior Ulee, 46, faces two counts of bribery and one count of official misconduct for receiving unauthorized payments from prospective students and family members.

“I commend FAMU administrators for promptly reporting the alleged illegal activity to law enforcement and ask that any student victims of this scam contact FDLE,” said Attorney General Bondi.

“We believe there are additional victims who may not realize they were scammed,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “I encourage current and former FAMU students to contact FDLE if you believe you could be a victim.”

FAMU's Vice President for Student Affairs, William Hudson Jr., Ph.D. said, “FAMU worked collaboratively with FDLE investigators. We thank them for working to bring closure to this case, and encourage students and parents with knowledge of such illegal activity to contact state investigators."

In March 2016, at the request of FAMU, FDLE began an investigation. According to the investigation, Ulee charged a fee to alter the academic records of prospective students, who otherwise may not have been admitted into the university. Investigators believe the students had no knowledge of the scam, and may have assumed the additional fees to be part of the admissions process. In April 2016, the university placed Ulee on administrative leave without pay, and terminated his employment in August.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact FDLE Tallahassee at (850) 410-7501.

Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case.