Former Univ. of Louisville admissions director to pay $25,000 restitution for offering bogus law scholarships

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In a plea bargain accepted by Jefferson Circuit Judge Angela Bisig McCormick, Hamilton pleaded guilty Monday to one count of unlawful access to a computer for his actions. He agreed to pay $25,000 in restitution and be placed on five years’ diversion, meaning his record will wiped clean if he stays out of trouble during that time.

Hamilton's lawyer, Scott Cox, said Hamilton’s only goal was to fill the class with highly qualified candidates — especially those from out of state — at a time when law-school applications nationally were plummeting.

“One could argue that he was very loyal to U of L and wanted it to be the best law school in the region,” Cox said, “but he went about it in the wrong way.”

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