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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Former Florida State University Finance Professor Indicted for Embezzlement

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging former Florida State University Finance Professor, James S. Doran, 39, of Boulder, Colorado, with embezzlement.  The indictment, which was unsealed today, was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

The indictment alleges that, between May 2010 and March 2011, Doran, while employed as an Assistant Professor of Finance at Florida State University, embezzled more than $650,000 in funds held by FSU.  The arraignment is scheduled for April 24 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Charles A. Stampelos at the United States Courthouse, in Tallahassee, Florida.

The case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service, the Florida State University Police Department, and the Florida State University Office of Inspector General Services.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jason R. Coody.

An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General.  The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States.  To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website.  For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

Updated April 10, 2015