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Warrants issued against NIU employees

Warrant arrests were issued this week against 9 employees at NIU in DeKalb after they allegedly sold scrap metal and then put the money into a private bank account. 21 hundred dollars was found in the account.

The case is unknown as "The Coffee Fund". The scrap metal from the University was sold at DeKalb Iron and Metal Company.

A warrant were issued against Robert Albanese, the former associate vice president of the Division of Finance and Facilities. Also arrested were Joseph Alberti, Mark Beaird, Keenon Darlinger, Michael Hall, Keith Jackson, Lawrence Murray, Kenneth Pugh, and Susan Zahm.

Albanese has resigned from his position while the other 8 are still employed at NIU as the investigation continues involving this case. 4 of the individuals have been placed on administrative leave.

The 9 have been charged with felony theft, felony misconduct, and obstruction of justice.

They are being accused to stealing more than 13 hundred dollars since 2005.

The NIU Police Department continues to investigate the case as further charges may be filed.


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