No charges will be brought against Ben Combs, an advertising executive who was under investigation for possible misuse of public money at the University of Central Arkansas, said Jack Lassiter, his defense attorney.

"It’s over," Lassiter said. "He didn’t commit a crime."

The federal investigation was part of the case against Lu Hardin, former UCA president, and stemmed from an allegation that Combs and former UCA senior vice president Joe Darling tried to circumvent state law to pay head football coach Clint Conque above his salary cap. The case involved the coach’s television show, Lassiter said.

Darling left UCA after a 2009 state audit questioned dealings with Combs.