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Framingham State ex-employee allegedly stole to fund drug habit

An ex-employee of Framingham State University was charged with allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the school to support his cocaine habit.

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A former Framingham State University employee was arrested on Tuesday on charges that he allegedly stole more than $100,000 from the school to fund his cocaine habit.

Robert Walmsley, 34, of Brockton, was due to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He faces charges including larceny over $250, according to the Attorney General's office.

Authorities began investigating in June 2013 after the issue was brought to their attention by school officials.Walmsley, a Framingham State graduate, began working in the school's Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 2008 until he was fired in June 2013.

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Walmsley allegedly purchased hundreds of prepaid Visa gift cards totaling more than $110,000 using a school-issued procurement card, which are issued to some staff for department-related purchases. He then used those gift cards to pay drug dealers who supplied him with cocaine, or exchanged the gift cards for cash, according to the Attorney General's office.

To conceal the theft, Walmsley allegedly falsified the explanations for the gift card purchases.

It was not immediately clear in Walmsley had a lawyer.

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