UTA suspends teacher linked to Denton probe

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The University of Texas at Arlington associate professor charged with money laundering in connection with a Denton pharmacy has been suspended pending an investigation, UTA officials said.

Eronini Megwa, 59, was suspended Friday with pay while the university investigates the allegations, said Kristin Sullivan, assistant vice president for media relations at UTA, in an email.

Megwa, 59, and his wife, Susan, 50, a registered pharmacist, were charged with laundering more than $200,000 from Megs Discount Pharmacy on Sunset Street after a two-year investigation by the Denton Police Department.

Susan Megwa, the only registered pharmacist with the business, was arrested Tuesday at Megs and is facing three counts of diversion of controlled substances in addition to the money laundering charge, investigators said.

Eronini Megwa has been an associate professor of communications with the university since January 2008. He was not scheduled to teach this summer but had been scheduled to teach this fall, Sullivan said.

Eronini and Susan Megwa, residents of Southlake, have posted bail since their arrests Tuesday, police said.

Money laundering over $200,000 is a first-degree felony. Diversion of a controlled substance by a registrant, dispenser and certain other persons is a state jail felony.

The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and on Twitter at @MGraynews.

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