LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin is asking a federal judge not to send him to prison for his felony wire fraud and money laundering convictions.

Hardin pleaded guilty in March to falsifying documents to allow him the early withdrawal of $198,000 from a $300,000 bonus approved in 2008 by the UCA Board of Trustees. He faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 26.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Friday's filing in U.S. District Court says Hardin is remorseful and that it's "difficult to imagine" that a prison sentence would be better than probation and community service.

Hardin resigned from UCA after the bonus became public. He was later president of Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida until resigning days before pleading guilty.