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Ex-UofL official accused of awarding millions in unauthorized scholarships

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Brandon Hamilton (Source: LMDC) Brandon Hamilton (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The former assistant dean of admissions for the University of Louisville School of Law will likely be arraigned next week on charges related to millions of dollars in unauthorized scholarships prosecutors say he awarded.

Brandon Hamilton, 34, is accused of accessing the law school's computer network to correspond with numerous incoming law school applicants and award them scholarships far exceeding the $550,000 allocated for scholarships for that particular class. Prosecutors said Hamilton carried out the actions between February and May 2012 without the knowledge or consent of anyone in authority at the law school.

Hamilton's original arraignment set for Monday was pushed back because he is out of state.

UofL stood behind Hamilton's commitments, even though they had not been properly authorized, causing the university to spend substantial funds from other sources.

The school has since changed their policy on awarding scholarships. In the past, only the Chair of Admissions signed off. Now a group of four faculty staff on a committee approve the money. "We thought we should have tighter controls to make sure that everybody was on the same page about who could grant and this would just be checks and balances," said Interim Dean Susan Duncan.

Prosecutors said Hamilton resigned from his position in July 2012 when law school officials learned what had happened. He currently is employed as director of admissions at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR.

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