Former Harvard employee pleads guilty to stealing $80,000 from university
The former employee worked for 17 years in one of Harvard's computer labs.
A former Harvard University employee charged with using his employee credit card to buy more than $80,000 in personal items has pleaded guilty to all charges, WHDH reported.
45-year-old Shawn Bunn was sentenced to two years in prison and ten years probation following his jail time, and he was also ordered to pay back $80,000 to the university, after pleading guilty to charges of larceny, false entry in corporate books, and uttering of forged documents.
Bunn worked in Harvard's computer lab for 17 years and was given a credit card to use for lab purchases, WCVB reported.
“For four years, the defendant used Harvard University funds for his own purposes,” District Attorney Marian Ryan explained. “Instead of university funds enriching the educational experience of Harvard students, as intended, the defendant chose to make personal purchases totaling $80,000.”
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As red flags began to appear, investigators gained a search warrant for Bunn’s home and found a menagerie of illegally purchased items including “televisions, 'Star Wars'-themed Lego sets, iPads, a table saw, and a compost tumbler,” WCVB reported.
Additionally “approximately 200 DVDs and 100 CDs, Amazon gift cards, seven controllers for a Nintendo Wii video game console, a grand piano bench, and a 'Dr. Who' Tardis cookie jar,” were also reportedly found.
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