Harvard University police have accused two former administrators of Harvard Law School of embezzling over a hundred thousand dollars from a fund for disabled students.
The Harvard Police Department alleges that Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors used the approximately $110,000 in stolen money to buy iPads, laptops, jewelry, DVDs, and some X-rated items, according to CBS Boston.
DeMarco and Saylors resigned from their Dean of Students office capacities during a police investigation following a Harvard Law budget manager’s discovery of some inconsistencies in the department’s finances.
An Apple subpoena tracked the purchased items to the two administrators’ homes, as well as the residences of Saylors’ family and friends.
“It was a big job and I made mistakes,” acknowledged DeMarco to CBS Boston. “I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation.”
“It’s horrifying,” said second-year law student Kristina Vu. “Knowing that someone is out there taking away those crucial resources from the vulnerable student population that needs it to succeed is honestly very appalling to me.”
“Without [funds], we couldn’t be students,” explained Elsie Tellier of the Harvard College Disability Alliance. Tellier has cystic fibrosis. “Hearing this is just outrageous and extremely upsetting. I really hope this is a wake-up call for Harvard to take better account of where the money is going.”
DeMarco and Saylors will be arraigned Wednesday in the Cambridge District Court.
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