Charge against UI student dropped

Charge against UI student dropped


URBANA — A felony theft charge lodged against the president of a registered University of Illinois student group has been dismissed.

Assistant State’s Attorney Matt Banach said on Tuesday he dismissed the felony theft charge that had been lodged in May against UI student Kelis D. King, 22, of Champaign.

King had been accused of diverting $5,500 to himself that was intended for the student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants to take a trip to the Wisconsin Dells.

UI police Detective Laura Tison said earlier that the UI allows officers of registered student organizations to deposit money from those organizations into personal bank accounts to do business on behalf of their groups.

King’s attorney, Steve Beckett of Urbana, said the UI’s policy is for the student to provide receipts after the event. In this case, the event was cancelled and King returned the money.

Banach confirmed that.

"A subsequent investigation found the applicable due date for the amount of money advanced to King would have been 30 days from when the anticipated event was scheduled. That was an end of (school) year trip scheduled to happen around May 1, 2014. King returned the money in full to the UI account about May 20 before the due date,” the prosecutor said. 

Banach said King returned the full $5,500.  

“Whether or not he did right by his registered student organization or not is between him and the registered student organization and the University of Illinois disciplinary committee,” said Banach.

UI Police began investigating King in February when a fellow member of the student accounting group complained that King had not given the group an explanation of what happened to the money, which apparently came from outside sponsors.


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