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Compton college spends $600,000 trying to remove three teachers in grades-for-money scandal

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Students from both El Camino College and the Compton Center campus meet with admissions representatives in this file photo.

A newly released investigative report states that three professors at El Camino College Compton Center were allegedly caught handing out grades for money -- but administrators say they were unable to do anything about it, and even had to pay two of the teachers to go away.

The professors finally did resign in 2010 and 2011, according to the report by California Watch, but only after years of hassle and well over a half-million dollars in legal and investigative fees were spent by the school.

Herkie Lee Williams, a psychology professor, stepped down in December 2010 with a month’s pay in his pocket, California Watch reports. Math professors Mohammad Ghafelebashi and Mohammad Boroujerdi both left in September 2011 with something extra to settle their cases: $26,000 and $34,000, respectively.

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