RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A retired Virginia Commonwealth University professor convicted of embezzlement has received a suspended sentence. James E. Hardigan had pleaded guilty in May to embezzling more than $137,000 from the VCU Dental Faculty Practice Association. The 69-year-old retired dental professor was sentenced Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court. Judge Bradley B. Cavedo fined Hardigan $2,500 and gave him a 10-year suspended sentence. Cavedo said Hardigan has made restitution and cooperated in the investigation. Hardigan tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16ZYsdx ) that his sentence is fair and he appreciates the judge's decision. He declined to comment on why he took the money. Hardigan retired from VCU in 2004. Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.comCopyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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