UPDATE 6:50 P.M. EST: Tyrone Hankerson claims complete innocence. Read more HERE!
Need financial aid this semester? Twitter would say you better call Tyrone.
Tyrone Hankerson, that is; one of the six Howard University employees who was allegedly fired last year after an internal investigation found that several employees were stealing grants from the school.
University president Wayne Frederick released a statement on Wednesday confirming an outside auditor found that the financial aid office had misappropriated university-based grants to a number of employees.
Frederick said he was told there may have been “some misappropriation of university-provided financial aid funds” back in December 2016, so he launched an internal investigation.
The auditor found that between 2007 and 2016, several employees who were receiving tuition remission were also awarded university grants that, together, exceeded the cost of tuition. To make matters worse, the grants came from school funds that were supposed to help low-income students get their education.
Frederick’s statement follows an anonymous post on Medium that claimed Howard financial aid employees embezzled almost $1 million in funds.
The school president said the issue was reported to the Department of Education in July 2017, and confirmed the six employees were fired two months later. He did not, however, comment on how much had been allegedly stolen by those individuals.
But according to alleged screenshots from the university database, Hankerson, a former student-employee and recognizable figure on campus, managed to allegedly swipe a cool $429,000 before he was allegedly caught.
Naturally, Howard students went OFF about the scandal on Twitter, with many roasting Hankerson — a man who frequently flexed his luxurious handbags, mink coats, and Gucci swag for all social media to see.
Now, they see him as Joanne the Scammer! Ha!
Ch-ch-check out some reactions (below) to see what students are saying about the drama.
This man stole $429,000 in Financial Aid at Howard y├óΓé¼Γäóall
Tyrone Hankerson, a student-employee in the Financial Aid office. Set to graduate! & Got caught
This the iconic photo we found on his Facebook├░┼╕╦£┬¡├░┼╕╦£┬¡├ó┼ô┼á├░┼╕┬Å┬╛
This Howard financial aid fraud isn├óΓé¼Γäót funny but like come on… Tyrone… with the Gucci messenger bag on the shoulder… “bag secured” caption…. pic.twitter.com/Hrn3ESqp2S
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ty$ (@TyNicole___) March 28, 2018
I├óΓé¼Γäóm confused I feel like I definitely went to a workshop once at Howard on how to build wealth and this nigga Tyrone was the speaker
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Chandler Alexandria (@calekee_) March 28, 2018
They “accidentally” applied $8000 to my total balance instead of to the start of my payment plan. locked me out of my room. couldn├óΓé¼Γäót enroll in classes.
PD: We have some questions about funds being stolen from Howard. Can you tell us where all of your designer bags and furs came from Tyron….
Student: “Do I have financial aid this semester?”
Howard: “I think ya better call Tyrone. Callllll him.”
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Orion Pax (@APEtimus_Prime) March 28, 2018
“Call Tyrone” is actually playing on a speaker here on Howard campus. That├óΓé¼Γäós funny. Lol
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Joshua (@JhTV3) March 28, 2018
Tyrone Hankerson Jr. stole $429,000 from Howard University.
Months away from graduation and the scam went south.
You know who to call, y’all.
[Image via Howard University.]