ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) -- A University of Georgia professor is accusing state Attorney General Sam Olens and university officials of sabotaging his study abroad programs and defaming him.

Dezso Benedek filed his complaint in Fulton County State Court Tuesday.

The named defendants include Olens; the university's Board of Regents; former UGA President Michael F. Adams; Noel Fallows, a dean in the School of Arts and Sciences at UGA; Jane Gatewood, who works in UGA's Office of International Education; Judith Shaw, who worked as director of the university's Office of International Education; and Kasee Laster, who also works in the office.

Benedek is seeking damages and injunctive relief for "concerted reprisals and retaliation intended to kill his academic programs and destroy his career through acts of fraud by Defendants, up to and including the malicious fabrication and dissemination of false allegations and false evidence" against him and with the intent to harm him.

The professor also claims in his 96-page amended complaint that the defendants tampered with evidence and committed wire and mail fraud.

A spokeswoman for Olens told CBS Atlanta the office had no comment on the lawsuit.

According to the news station, Benedek was accused of violating the university's academic integrity policies.

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