Monday, April 6, 2009

Update On Columbia University Embezzlement Case: Bzdil Pleads Guilty

John Bzdil III, 34, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the former manager of Columbia University's Pediatric Neurosciences Department of the Neurological Institute, pleaded guilty of defrauding the institution out of more than $180,000. Bzdil submitted phony invoices for payment as part of the scheme, according to prosecutors. He also reportedly submitted fraudulent reimbursement requests for items he purchased for his own personal use. Bzdil and his wife, Heather Brooke Rinehart, 28, were both charged last December in connection with the embezzlement. However the charges against her were dropped last month. He faces up to 20 years in prison, plus restitution and will be sentenced, June 25th.

Read FraudTalk's original post on this story here.

Read the story here and here.

Read the DOJ announcement here.

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