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Fla. developer in court for SC State kickback probe

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Pinson (pictured above) was promised a Porsche by Zahn, investigators say. Pinson (pictured above) was promised a Porsche by Zahn, investigators say.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - A Florida developer charged as part of an alleged kickback scheme involving a former trustee at South Carolina State University is set to face a judge in Charleston on Friday.

Court documents filed earlier this week show Richard Zahn is facing a charge of conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

Prosecutors say Zahn owned some land near the Orangeburg school and asked trustee Jonathon Pinson to help him sell it to the university. As a "thank you" gift for his help, prosecutors say the Longwood, Fla., developer told Pinson he would buy him a Porsche SUV.

Pinson was arraigned last month on a federal kickback charge. South Carolina State's former campus police chief has already pleaded guilty in the case.

Live 5 News will be at the hearing and will have more information later.

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