Horse using lessons, big-monitor televisions intended for a United Way fundraiser, leather-based chairs from a student lounge and shrubbery are between a checklist of objects previous University of Missouri Higher education of Engineering economical companies director Brandon Guffey allegedly stole or fraudulently ordered, according to court paperwork.
Charges versus Guffey in Boone County Circuit Court docket, filed Wednesday, are felony thieving, felony forgery, felony fraudulent use of a credit history gadget and misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit score gadget.
Guffey waived formal arraignment and his legal professional entered a “not guilty” plea on his behalf. No hearings have been scheduled.
The college fired Guffey in January and started an audit. Released in late June, the audit in depth how grievances by 18 staff members in the School of Engineering were continually overlooked, making it possible for thefts to go on.
The audit states Guffey experienced the trust of the recent dean of the Higher education of Engineering and of the earlier dean, giving him the capacity to influence behaviors.
Guffey is amongst 3 workers who have lost their careers since of the problem.
The audit discovered direct proof of theft of a lot more than $30,700 from the college, with some of the merchandise stolen or obtained with an MU credit card recovered. A further $132,352 including dollars and buyer electronics stolen from the university experienced not been recovered.
The felony thieving cost alleges thefts with a price of additional than $25,000.
A probable bring about assertion by the Missouri Condition Freeway Patrol includes theft of two Apple Apple iphone 13 Max Pro phones valued at $6,457 combined and an iPad with a value of $1,399.99.
Two TVs with 75-inch screens supposed for United Way fundraisers have been eliminated, a single of them turning up in Guffey’s property, in accordance to the assertion.
Surveillance footage allegedly shows Guffey removing two blue leather chairs from a university student lounge in Lafferre Hall. Workers reported seeing the chairs in his home.
Guffey allegedly utilized a university-issued credit card or directed other workforce to make buys with their playing cards.
There was an alleged purchase of $4,293 worth of laminate flooring at a house advancement shop. He allegedly bought shrubbery, vegetation and bushes from multiple suppliers. He also allegedly paid $240 for horse driving lessons for his daughters in Clark.
The forgery cost alleges Guffey created an bill with the purpose to defraud. The felony fraudulent use of a credit score system alleges Guffey used an MU credit rating card to get mulch and landscaping items really worth at minimum $750. The misdemeanor fraudulent use of a credit score system relates to the alleged use of an MU card for horse using classes.
Roger McKinney is the instruction reporter for the Tribune. You can reach him at [email protected] or 573-815-1719. He is on Twitter at @rmckinney9.