Howard University Student At Center Of Embezzlement Scandal Says He’s Innocent: ‘People Are Making These Stories Up’

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Y’all need to back off Tyrone Hankerson.

The Howard University law school student at the center of a school embezzlement scandal says all the financial aid he has received is legit.

The 25-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia suffered the heat of a social media firestorm this week after someone claimed in a now-deleted blog post that Tyrone received over $400k in university-based grants during the time he worked at the school’s financial aid office.

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Twitter reacted with equal parts outrage and hysterics over the news; the latter, thanks to Tyrone’s penchant for posting pictures with designer handbags and Gucci swag on social media.

Now, the graduating law student sharing his side of the story — and he says the only thing he’s guilty of is rocking a mink coat!

He said to People of the accusations:

“That is not true. I received over $200,000 for the four years I was an undergrad at Howard, but that wasn’t just a traditional schedule. I also went to summer school, and I also had opportunities to study abroad. I did not receive any award that was labeled something when I actually was not entitled to it.”

Bag and defense secured.

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Tyrone’s attorney James Walker noted that the Howard student graduated summa cum laude from the school’s undergrad program with a 4.0 GPA, and is expected to graduate from the D.C. law school next month.

Twitics, however, targeted “Tyrone the Scammer” as one of the six employees that had been fired from the university for “gross misconduct and neglect of duties” after an internal investigation found the misappropriation of University-provided financial aid funds.

Tyrone assured People he was not fired from his position in the financial aid office, but left the job after graduating in 2015. He told the publication he has “never been contacted by the university about any investigation,” and is hurt people think he would actually steal from students in need of financial aid:

“People are making these stories up and creating false stories about me. It’s very disheartening and very hurtful. I was at Howard for homecoming├óΓé¼┬ª My roommate at the time was a photographer so we would go out and take pictures.”

His attorney added:

“[My client is] clearly innocent. He didn’t do anything illegal. It’s not what it looks like ├óΓé¼┬ª he has fine taste.”

Tyrone insisted all the luxuries he regularly flaunted on social media were purchased with his own hard-earned cash, and were to promote the “brand” for his lifestyle and fashion blog:

“Me and my mom believe in balling on a budget. Anything I received I have not paid full price for. It was bought at a discounted cost. I saved money so that I could buy the things I like because I’m into lifestyle and fashion. I had a blog and a social media presence where I was pushing that individual brand.”

Looks like the haters better check themselves before they rob Tyrone of his good name.

[Image via Howard U.]

Mar 30, 2018 6:50pm PDT

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