The Guilford County district attorney has requested a criminal investigation into state audit findings that N.C. A&T inappropriately moved $380,000 from a campus vending contract to the discretionary fund of former Chancellor James Renick.

The district attorney, Doug Henderson, has also asked the SBI for a criminal investigation into alleged misuse of a grant from the Office of Naval Research.

“There were sufficient serious questions raised in the audit to justify an investigation of a criminal nature,” Henderson said Monday. “Whether they merit prosecution is another issue that will be addressed somewhere down the road.”

Update: Let me throw this out there for the heck of it: Instead of (or in addition to, depending on how you feel about it) criminal charges, the state and the federal government should cut A&T off from all nonoperating funding for a period of, say, five years.

Sound harsh? It’s a tactic the government has recently used.