“financial irregularities involving grant payments in certain university fund accounts.”
This is no small matter. We’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars here.
Three arrested after discovery of fraud scheme, Tuskegee University says
Three former Tuskegee University employees have been arrested after an investigation into an apparent fraud scheme, according to the university.
In a letter, President Charlotte Morris said the university learned in January 2020 of “financial irregularities involving grant payments in certain university fund accounts.”
The university conducted an investigation and worked with law enforcement, she said, and confirmed “several former employees had conducted a multiyear scheme to defraud Tuskegee of approximately $500,000 by diverting grants and university-owned funds.”
Morris said the scheme diverted money in small increments and had “minimal impact” on the university’s distribution of grant funding and aid to faculty and staff.
She said several university employees are no longer employed by Tuskegee related to the scheme or failure to prevent it, but did not specify further.
“In addition, three former employees have been arrested by state law enforcement and charged with theft,” she wrote. “The actions of these former employees, who took advantage of the university and breached our community trust in the process, are disturbing and unacceptable.”
The university did not name employees allegedly involved or charged. A university spokeswoman declined to comment further. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency did not respond to a request to identify people arrested.
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