GW employees suspected of stealing $77,000

Two GW employees are being investigated for allegedly stealing close to $77,000 in separate incidents that University Police officials said are unrelated.

In one incident, which was reported Oct. 12, an employee working for the Office of the Vice President and Treasurer is suspected of altering and cashing two GW checks totaling $61,964.

In another incident, also reported on Oct. 12, a female working for the vice president and treasurer falsified documents to obtain $6,600 worth of cashier’s checks for personal use. A review of her University purchase card revealed personal charges valued at $15,000.

The University will likely press charges against the employees and seek restitution for the stolen money, UPD chief Dolores Stafford said. Vice President and Treasurer Louis Katz could not be reached for comment.

Katz oversees the GWorld, Public Safety and Emergency Management office and Budget offices, among dozens of other departments.

If the employees are found guilty of theft, they could receive sentences of up to 10 years in jail and up to in $250,000 fines, said Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The theft allegations come only a week after a former GW professor was charged and arrested for embezzling at least $600,000 in federal funds slated for GW research.

The most common cases of fraud and embezzlement on campus involve GWorld card fraud, Stafford said. GW has already brought charges against a former University Garage employee who allegedly stole $1,000 between Sept. 23 and Oct. 6. The employee resigned in early October.

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