Former Augusta University vice provost arrested on theft charges

 

 

A former vice provost at Augusta University was arrested today on a grand jury arrest warrant that accuses him of theft.

The Richmond County grand jury indicted Roman Mark Cibirka last week on two counts of theft. Cibirka resigned as vice provost in 2014.

According to the indictment, Cibirka is accused of taking $10,000 belonging to the university on June 6, 2012. Because the alleged theft was not uncovered until May 3, 2013, the statute of limitations doesn’t apply, according to the indictment.

In the second count, the indictment accuses Cibirka of taking $15,322 from the university on June 14, 2013.

The university announced in July 2014 that Cibirka resigned his duties as vice provost but was still an associate professor at the College of Dental Medicine. According to the school’s website, he is no longer a faculty member.

In a statement released from the university, the case was discovered by a tip, followed by a thorough internal investigation and subsequent turnover to law enforcement by the University System of Georgia.

“Augusta University is committed to the highest standards of excellence, ethics and integrity. Our policies clearly communicate to faculty, staff and students that compliance with all applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations is expected. Each employee is held accountable for his or her conduct, and failure to meet our standards will not be tolerated,” reads the statement emailed to The Augusta Chronicle.

The case against Cibirka is being prosecuted by the attorney general’s office. An assistant attorney general and Cibirka’s attorney presented a consent bond order to Judge Sheryl B. Jolly. A $27,700 bond is set, according to the jail website. He was released on bond late Wednesday afternoon.

Cibirka started at the dental school in 1996, according to Bloomberg. He is still licensed to practice in Georgia. According to the arrest warrant, Cibirka, 55, lives in Alpharetta, Ga.

Staff writers Tom Corwin and Bianca Cain Johnson contributed to this article.

 

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