BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The Former Vice President of U-B who admitted to stealing more than $300,000 from the school will spend no time behind bars.
Dennis Black was sentenced Friday morning. Black admitted he stole $320,000 from the university and used it on things like personal trips, Broadway tickets and club memberships. He has since paid back the money he stole.
Black spoke out in court, saying he was, "truly sorry" and apologized to his family and the organizations he served.
"I know I'll never be able to make up to them what I've done but I'll forever keep trying," he said in court.
A judge told Black he believed he deserved county jail time, but according to penal law that was not an option for his sentencing. He will serve no prison time, but will be on probation for five years. Black also must complete 2,500 hours of community service, and pay a $5,000 fine.
UB's Faculty Student Association released a statement in response to Black's sentencing. It said in part, "The UB Faculty Student Association is pleased that restitution to UB has been made. The UBFSA has taken several steps to strengthen its financial controls and procedures, in cooperation with university efforts to enhance its internal control structure over the past several years."
The university released a statement as well which read, "Throughout these legal proceedings, we have had confidence in the judicial process. We are pleased that restitution to the university has been made as part of the Mr. Black’s guilty plea.”