By: Donald V. Watkins
Copyrighted and Published on December 26, 2023
An Editorial Opinion
Today, I filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice naming Alabama A&M University as the "victim" of an honest services fraud scheme and conspiracy arising from the university failure to aggressively, faithfully, and fully pursue collection of a $527,280,064 debt owed to this Second Morrill Act of 1890 land grant institution by the state of Alabama.
This $527,280,064 debt was publicly announced on September 18, 2023, by the Departments of Education and Agriculture. As alleged in the complaint, the honest services fraud scheme is led by Alabama A&M President Daniel K. Wims and it has jeopardized and compromised the university's ability to collect this $527,280,064 debt.
In my opinion, the honest services fraud scheme alleged in the complaint is an unconscionable and despicable "sellout" of a premier HBCU in America. In my view, no other legal action is sufficient to stop this "sellout."
The complaint speaks for itself. Click here to read the complaint.