KENNESAW — Yiping Wan, a former education dean at Kennesaw State University, was acquitted by a Cobb jury on charges of stealing money from the university, but was found guilty of two counts of making false statements in a case dating back several years.
The state Attorney General’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation has accused Wan of stealing more than $2,700 from KSU dating back to 2005 by essentially over-billing the school when he purchased plane tickets for a university-related trip to Beijing.
Wan was indicted in April 2008 on the charges, and pleaded not guilty.
His jury trial was before Cobb Superior Court Judge Steven Schuster, who on Thursday sentenced Wan to five years probation on each of the two guilty counts. Wan was ordered to pay restitution of $3,930 to the university, and was fined a total of $2,000. He is eligible for first-offender status.
Wan resigned in February 2007 as dean of the Bagwell College of Education at KSU.