A criminal investigation by Harvard University Police has revealed that two women who were Dean of Students at Harvard Law School have allegedly stolen more than $100,000 from an account that helps to accommodate disabled students.
According to a report from CBS Boston‘s investigative I-Team, Meg DeMarco, 33, and Darris Saylors, 32, have been pilfering approximately $110,000 from the school to purchase electronics, clothes, jewelry and even sex toys since at least 2013.
Court documents revealed that “DeMarco used a mobile card reader to deposit school money directly into her banking account,” and “Saylors used the Dean of Students purchasing card to buy sex toys.”
Among the stolen booty found in DeMarco’s home and Saylors’ apartment were laptops, iPads, iPods and other electronics. “Police also discovered more items at the homes of Saylors’ friends and family in California, Washington and Tennessee,” according to court documents. Police said that Saylors attempted to hide her crimes by claiming the money was spent on items, including “textbooks for disabilities accommodations.”
Disabled students expressed their outrage to reporters. “It’s horrifying,” said Kristina Vu, a second-year law student who is blind. “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.”
Harvard Law School spokeswoman Michelle Deakin released a statement noting that the Law School has since put in place “additional layers of controls governing the use of its credit accounts and purchasing protocols.” The criminal charges came out of an internal financial audit, she said.
Both women have resigned from their positions and are scheduled for arraignment in Cambridge District Court on Wednesday.
I-Team reporters were able to get an interview with DeMarco as she arrived for her new job at Babson College. “It was a big job and I made mistakes,” she said, adding, “I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation.”
H/T: CBS Boston
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