Feds: Ex-Emory employee diverted $317,000 in student tuition, fees to personal account

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 23, 2015
Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

Matheson Reading Room at Emory University. Source: Wikimedia commons

When Brenda Michael worked at Emory University she devised a scheme to convince students to deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition and fees into her personal account.

Michael, who worked as an admissions coordinator at the Emory University School of Nursing, is expected to plead guilty on federal charges of wire fraud, WSB-TV reports. Michael’s attorney told the TV station she informed Emory about her deception. To read the full WSB story, click here.

According to a copy of the charge, Michael successfully pocketed $317,000 between August 2012 and January 2014.

“Beginning in August 2012, MICHAEL began instructing students who had enrolled in the program to pay their tuition and fees by submitting payments via interstate wire to a specific PayPal account. MICHAEL falsely represented to the students that the account was an Emory University account, when, in fact, the account belonged to MICHAEL,” the court document says. “MICHAEL kept the funds for her personal benefit instead of remitting the funds to Emory University.”

In one instance, she convinced as student to pay her almost $5,000 in tuition and fees.

Here is a copy of the charge filed in federal court …


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