RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A retired Virginia Commonwealth University professor convicted of embezzlement has received a suspended sentence.
James E. Hardigan had pleaded guilty in May to embezzling more than $137,000 from the VCU Dental Faculty Practice Association.
The 69-year-old retired dental professor was sentenced Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court. Judge Bradley B. Cavedo fined Hardigan $2,500 and gave him a 10-year suspended sentence.
Cavedo said Hardigan has made restitution and cooperated in the investigation.
Hardigan tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16ZYsdx ) that his sentence is fair and he appreciates the judge's decision. He declined to comment on why he took the money.
Hardigan retired from VCU in 2004.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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