(Source: Hilda Munoz The Hartford Courant, Conn. (MCT) – An associate professor at Central Connecticut State University was sentenced Monday to one year suspended and two years of probation for filing a false police report last year.
Ravi Shankar pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree making a false statement.
Prosecutors chose not to pursue charges of attempt to commit first-degree larceny and attempt to tamper with evidence, according to court records.
Shankar ordered more than $22,000 worth of tickets to a soccer game in New Jersey in the hope he could sell them and pay off his more than $70,000 credit card debt. But he went to police on June 28, 2011, claiming he had discovered fraudulent charges on his Discover credit card, according to an arrest warrant.
He eventually admitted to purchasing the tickets, the warrant says.
Shankar was also charged with drunken driving in November of 2011 after crashing into a vehicle on Route 40 in North Haven.
He pleaded no contest in May to illegally operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was sentenced to six months suspended and 18 months of probation, according to court records.
Shankar’s employment status at CCSU is unclear. He is listed on the university’s website as an associate professor.
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