Suspects in Vandy embezzlement case plead guilty - WSMV News 4

Suspects in Vandy embezzlement case plead guilty

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Two men accused of stealing nearly $600,000 from Vanderbilt University through forgery and fraud pleaded guilty to multiple counts Tuesday.

Jason Hunt and Samuel "Cole" Wakefield were accused of using a Vanderbilt credit card and writing forged checks to skim money for themselves and friends.

An internal audit revealed that between April 2010 and October 2011 Hunt, an administrative services manager at the law school, embezzled at least $535,962.

Some of the forged checks were cashed by two 17-year-old males, with whom both Hunt and Wakefield had sexual relations, authorities said.

Hunt pleaded guilty to a total of 17 counts, for an effective sentence of 22 years, and Wakefield pleaded guilty to six counts, for an effective sentence of 10 years, according to the district attorney general's office.

Both men will also be placed on the sex offender registry.

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