USC Employee Indicted on Corruption Claims

Officers say he took hundreds of thousands of dollars for personal gain.

COLUMBIA, SC - (WLTX) -- A University of South Carolina employee has been indicted on several charges relating to corruption.

According to the South Carolina Attorney General,  Blake Langland, 48, is charged with one count of Use of Official Position or Office for Financial Gane, three counts of Receiving Anything of Value to Influence Action of Public Employee and one count of Acceptance of Rebates or Extra Compensation.

He holds the position as a project manager in the electrical engineering department at the university. It is reported that Langland took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school to a separate company he managed as payment for his duties for his own private interests.

"The university has cooperated fully with the Attorney General Office’s investigation of this matter," USC officials said in a statement. "Mr. Langland has been employed at the university since 2004, where he has served in a non-faculty research staff position. He is currently suspended without pay."

This case will be prosecuted by Assistant Deputy attorney general. 

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