Former Vanderbilt manager charged with theft from law school - WSMV News 4

Former Vanderbilt manager charged with theft from law school

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The Channel 4 I-Team has confirmed the former administrative manager for the Vanderbilt Law School has been arrested and charged with stealing from the university.

Jason Hunt is in the Montgomery County, AR, Jail, charged with stealing at least $60,000 from Vanderbilt.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's department stated in a news release that Hunt is suspected of stealing $600,000 from the university.

Hunt's online profile read he is originally from Montgomery County, AK, and the sheriff's department confirms he was arrested there Friday morning.

Fortune said Hunt was fired in November from his job handling financing transactions after the school completed an internal investigation into missing funds.

Vanderbilt officials then alerted the district attorney's office.

Hunter's online professional profile reads he handled everything from budgets to vendor negotiations at the law school.

Hunt also recently made headlines in a Nashville magazine for opening a club in Central Mexico.

Vanderbilt couldn't elaborate on how the missing money was used or how it was stolen.

"When we received this information, and it became clear there was misuse, we fully intended to prosecute this individual," Fortune said.

Hunt has worked for the university since 2005.

Fortune said they did not know of the missing money before they received an anonymous tip.

"We have policies and safeguards in place to protect against something like this, certainly I think we would have become aware of this. But since this incident, we have strengthened those, and did so immediately," Fortune said.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office said Hunt has waived extradition and will return to Nashville to face charges.

Fortune said the missing funds have had no impact on the operations at the law school.

The Channel 4 I-Team did call to the Montgomery County Jail to try and speak with Hunt, but we were unable to reach him by our deadline.

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