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Former SIUE employee sentenced to probation for making false statements

A former Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville employee was sentenced in federal court to three years probation for two counts of lying to federal agents.

Kwa Mister, 38, of Fairview Heights, was convicted on two counts of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, Stephen Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, announced Friday.

Mister was the director/project manager at the Small Business Development Center at SIUE and project manager for the Highway Construction Preparatory Training Program.

An audit discovered five purchase orders, five contracts and at least four justifications for sole source purchase or contract for procurement of services from Mister’s mother, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Mister concealed the relationship and conflict of interest from SIUE officials, as well as lied to them when the propriety of the contracts were under investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

He then was charged with lying to federal agents when he asked if he had provided false statements to the university, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.