MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Ole Miss fired the manager of its student radio station after learning he hadn't taken a class at the university in several years and used a fraudulent transcript to gain a position only given to students.
Will East is currently in jail for credit card fraud, unrelated to the incident at the university.
East managed Rebel Radio, the University of Mississippi's on-campus station in Oxford.
"Our campus radio station is pretty popular," said student Chad Roberson." You do a lot of fun stuff on campus."
Tracey Mitchell, Director of Media Services at Ole Miss, said East presented a transcript to the station, but it turned out he hadn't been enrolled since 2002.
University representatives say East earned $40 a day at his part-time job, and are puzzled as to why he would do what he did.
Students who worked for East wouldn't comment, but Roberson says he figures East did it for the prestige. "You don't really do something like that for the money."
East is currently behind bars in the Lafayette County Detention Center for fraudulently charging $8,000 dollars on a credit card that wasn't his. Mitchell says the card did not belong to the university.
East will remain behind bars until he completes the Regimented Inmate Discipline Program. He's also required to pay back the $8,000. But the Lafayette County sheriff said that if East completes the program, the case will likely be expunged from his record.
But the University of Mississippi is just beginning its investigation into the bizarre incident at Rebel Radio.