Professor on AG's order: I've taken Web site down

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Attorney General Alan Wilson has ordered a University of South Carolina Upstate professor to stop asking people to invest in a private college he's starting.

Wilson's office announced Monday it issued a cease and desist order against professor Richard Routh and his business, Invictus University. The order issued Friday accuses Routh of offering unregistered securities.

Routh calls it a huge misunderstanding. The Rutherfordton, N.C., resident says the business doesn't exist and he took his Web site down. He says it was partially a classroom project.

The order says the web site's welcome page invited people to invest $200,000 for 0.1 percent of the company.

Wilson's office says the investigation into Invictus continues.

College spokeswoman Tammy Whaley says USC-Upstate is looking into whether Routh's efforts represent a conflict of interest.

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