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      Former SC State trustee indicted

      A former trustee at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg has been indicted in a federal kickback scheme.

      Court documents unsealed Thursday and reviewed by The Associated Press show Jonathan N. Pinson is facing felony counts of interference with commerce by threat of violence.

      Prosecutors say Pinson used his position to solicit favors and money.

      Pinson joined the South Carolina State Board of Trustees in 2005 and stepped down last month, citing family and business obligations.

      Federal prosecutors have set two court hearings Thursday in what they have called a public corruption probe involving the school. One hearing is in Charleston and the second is in Columbia.

      Court documents did not list and attorney for Pinson.