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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008                         PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FORMER UNT PROFESSOR SENTENCED
FOR PUBLIC CORRUPTION

SHERMAN, TX -       United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 63-year-old former University of North Texas professor has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for public corruption in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JAMES JARRETT GLASS, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty to public corruption charges on June 25, 2007 and was sentenced late yesterday by United States District Judge Richard A. Schell.  Glass was also ordered to pay $109,057.48 in restitution.

            According to information presented in court, Glass was a tenured professor with the University of North Texas and served as Director of the University of North Texas' Survey Research Center (SRC) between 1993 and 2006, during which time he used the SRC's resources, specifically its computer-assisted telephone system, professional staff, and student employees, to perform research for his own private consulting companies.  Glass charged third parties over $328,000 for the work his private companies were performing using SRC resources, work that cost the University over $175,000.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the University of North Texas Police and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.
           
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