Former Ivy Tech professor remains in jail Thursday night accused of theft, fraud

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 11:21 PM

SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A former Ivy Tech professor remains in jail Thursday night on charges of theft, forgery and check fraud.

He appeared in court Thursday afternoon, accused of taking advantage of a student. Floyd Skirvin was in a position of trust. A teacher at Ivy Tech that taught heating and air conditioning skills. He is accused of taking advantage of those that put their faith in him.

Skirvin is accused of tricking a student into giving him $2,000, by falsely claiming he was investing it online . Here's how it allegedly worked.

"Basically getting online and creating a forged E-Trade statement in order to trick his student into thinking he had invested his  money and made a big profit for him. The he wrote that student a false check for $50,000 basically to keep law enforcement off of his back," County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.

The alleged victim's mother says Skirvin threatened the students. A prosecutor says the money is all gone.

"He did indicate that he could not hire an attorney. That he didn’t have any money. So a $25,000 cash only bond will ensure that he stays in jail until he goes to trial," County Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.
Skirvin denied the charges . He will spend at least the next 15 days in jail because the new charges count as a probation violation from a prior arrest in Marion County, Ind.  The judge set Skirvin's bond at $25,000 full cash, because of a statement about the alleged threats.

"The testimony from Mrs. Jenkins in the courtroom is that he had claimed he had prior military experience, that he had expertise in explosives, that he conveyed that information to the students in a way that they felt threatened by him if they were to cooperate with law enforcement. They felt threatened by him if they were to cooperate with law enforcement," says Mull.

Prosecutors believe there could be more victims. Skirvin taught H-VAC engineering classes at Ivy Tech in Sellersburg. His employment with the school ended days after the charges were filed.

A trial date has been set for January.

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