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Educator released early on identity theft charge

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Baldwin County educator was released early thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that limited the scope of a federal identity theft law.

Christopher Adalikwu was released from the Escambia County Jail in Brewton on Thursday after serving about 10 months of a two-year prison sentence.

He pleaded guilty to the federal charge in November while keeping the right to challenge the statute.

After the high court ruling, the government decided not to fight dismissal of the charges.

Adalikwu admitted that he used the social security number of a man who died in 1976 to apply for federal financial aid for a graduate school program in France. At the time, he was business dean of Columbia Southern University, an online college based in Orange Beach.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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