By way of the InsideHigherEd blog, the Raleigh N-&-O reports that Julius Nyang’oro, the former chair and former professor of African studies at UNC-CH, was indicted Monday on a felony charge of accepting $12,000 for a course he did not teach. The phantom course was conceived as a way of improving the grade point average of UNC athletes, particularly football players. An Orange County grand jury indicted Nyang’oro on a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretenses. Although not identified, a second person is also under investigation and could be indicted next month, said Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall. Other probes have identified Nyang’oro’s longtime department manager, Deborah Crowder, as being involved in the bogus classes. Ms. Crowder retired in 2009.