Investigation revealed $77K in thefts from UMass

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The Attorney General’s Office is reviewing an investigation into the theft of thousands of dollars by UMass employees two years ago.

University spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski told 22News that UMass finished their internal investigation after the new year, and has now handed it off to the AG’s office to review.

The university found that employees of the school’s physical plant were misreporting their timecards and campus resources. They fraudulently reported and used about $77,000. As a result, six employees left and three are on temporary suspension.

The physical plant is responsible for custodial work, grounds keeping, and general maintenance on campus.

22News asked whether these loopholes exist anywhere else in the campus payroll system.

“We think we have good systems in place across the board for the university, but certainly in this case, some improvements needed to be made, given the distinct way that the physical plant works,” Blaguszewski said.

The university has since enforced new measures to improve accountability at the plant, such as increased timecard tracking, pre-approval of overtime, and increased supervision.

It is unclear how long the AG’s investigation will last.

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