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Former NIC Sex-For-Scholarship Administrator Pleads Guilty

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A former Idaho college administrator, accused of offering scholarships for sex, has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraud.

Former North Idaho College Financial Aid Director Joseph Bekken, 36, was arrested in February after police said he posted Craigslist ads offering grant money for sexual favors from student who attended the two-year Coeur d'Alene college.

Bekken stood Aug. 20 in Idaho 1st District Court and pleaded guilty to attempted misuse of public funds and using a computer in a scheme to defraud. According to the Coeur d'Alene Press, when Bekken is sentenced on Monday, Oct. 19 he'll face a possible maximum sentence of seven-and-a-half years behind bars and fines of up to $52,500.

Investigators, including a team from the FBI, said they posed as a student to begin swapping emails with Bekken. Prosecutors said Bekken went as far as transferring $587 from an NIC scholarship account into an account created for the fictitious student. When Bekken showed up at an apartment complex to meet the supposed student, he was arrested.

When asked by the Press, NIC officials had no comment on the case.