Friday, January 16, 2015

$320K Embezzlement Investigated At College of DuPage In Illinois; Alleged Perp Had Prior History Of Fraud

From the College of DuPage on 1/15/15:

In December of 2013, College of DuPage officials uncovered a possible case of fraud by an employee of WDCB, the College’s radio station. The College immediately reported the matter to law enforcement officials, and the College has been cooperating fully during the investigation.

Contrary to statements made in a Jan. 15 article in the Chicago Tribune, COD has found no evidence that officials from Elmhurst College contacted College of DuPage regarding a 2011 arrest of a former radio station employee, John Valenta. The COD Police Department continues to investigate this claim.

COD Police Chief Joe Mullin said, “Our investigation has so far showed that we have no record of any communication from Elmhurst Campus Security regarding this former employee, nor have we recollection of anyone contacting us.”

COD President Robert L. Breuder said, “Predicated on our police department’s investigation, we have found no evidence that we received any communication on this matter from Elmhurst College. However, I have recommended to the COD Board of Trustees Chair that we hire an independent investigator to examine all facets of the communication process concerning this claim.”

“The Board will engage an outside entity for the limited purpose of reporting to the Board any findings stemming from the alleged communication of the 2011 arrest of a former employee. The College has and will continue to cooperate with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, and we will respect, and not interfere with, their investigation,” said COD Board Chair Erin Birt.


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