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— A prosecutor filed a misdemeanor charge late Wednesday against former University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors, ending an almost year-long investigation.

Meadors, who resigned Sept. 2, was charged with solicitation of tampering with a public record, Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said. Hiland confirmed information provided earlier by a source who did not want to be identified.

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Former UCA president Allen Meadors in 2011
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The charge carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Meadors, 65, quit over a botched $700,000 offer from food-vendor Aramark to renovate the UCA-owned president’s house. He is accused of urging a vice president to destroy a letter that said the offer would be in exchange for renewing Aramark’s contract.

Meadors did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Meadors is the second UCA president to resign under pressure since 2008. The other, Lu Hardin, plead guilty in 2011 to two federal felonies and was sentenced to probation and community service.

Read more about this story in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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