BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Former Southern University professor Parviz Sharifrazi will spend the next two years in federal prison.

“This was a real calculated scheme at the time,” said Lousiana Inspector General Stephen Street.

He was convicted of mail fraud and money laundering after taking nearly $150,000 from Southern University back in 2008. But he didn’t pull off this elaborate scheme on his own.

“Mr. Sharifrazi was an engineering professor and he partnered with a co-defended who was employed as an IT director… they just put their heads together and created a bunch of fake invoices for fake companies and delivered fake equipment and they got paid for it,” said Street.

His co-defendant Scott Woodall did his time years ago.

“I do remember when his co-defendant plead guilty and sentenced all the way back in 2011 so he did his time,” said Street.

But unlike Woodall, Sharifrazi fled the country.

“Mr. Sharifrazi went overseas and lived in Iran for about a decade and lived in Turkey for a little while and finally, I think, decided that it was time to come home and face the music,” said Street.

Sharifrazi has been found guilty by a U.S. District Judge and is ordered to turn himself to a federal prison by September 6, 2022.

“Justice sometimes turns very slowly but it does indeed turn,” said Street.

Sharifrazi and Southern Univiersity declined to comment.