Former UB VP Black Sentenced to Five Years Probation

No Jail Time Despite Stealing Over $300,000

January 26, 2018 - 10:25 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Former University of Buffalo administrator Dennis Black was sentenced to five years of probation by Judge John Michalski on Friday morning in Erie County Court. 

Black admitted last year to stealing $320,000 from the university through his position by using loopholes. Black has since paid back the full restitution. 

In addition to the five years of probation, Black will also have to pay a $5,000 fine, serve 2,500 hours of community service, must undergo regular mental health exams, cannot have a bank account, and must be drug and alcohol free during the time period. 

Michalski in court told Black that he deserved incarceration in county jail but not a three-year sentenced in state prison. However, due to state laws, Michalski could not sentence him to county jail, leading to the probation sentence.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn told WBEN, that although he respects the judge's decision, he believes strongly that Dennis Black should have gone to jail.  "I'm not saying incarcerate him for the rest of his life, but I believe jail was appropriate in this case.He was a high ranking public official and represented the University. He disregarded his role in that position and flagrantly misused his position of power".

Flynn also said, despite his actions, Black is entitled to a lucrative pension. "He was making close to 300-thousand dollars at UB and if he had 25 years in the state system, he'll get half of that salary. I'm pretty sure he has a 6-figure pension".  

In the 2017 election, voters elected to strip the pension of public officials who are convicted of felonies. However, the measure did not take effect until January 1, meaning Black would not be stripped of the pension.


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