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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A former U of L employee accused of awarding millions of dollars in scholarships that had not been approved has pleaded guilty.
Brandon Hamilton was in court Monday morning and pleaded guilty to unlawful access to a computer.
The former Assistant Dean of Admissions for the School of Law was sentenced to five years of diversion and must pay $25,000 in restitution. Police say he gave out more scholarship money to students than the school had from February to May of 2012, and was fired in July of that year.
The University ended up still giving those students the scholarships, but says it had to use money from other sources.
"He wanted to put this behind him," said defense attorney Scott Cox. "We thought it was a very fair plea offer because of the ability for him to get this set aside after he makes restitution and does a certain period of diversion forward, so we felt like this is a fair offer and allowed him to get forward with his career."
Hamilton is now a dean of admissions for a college in Portland, Oregon.