ARIZONA POLICE PROBING SALES OF INK CARTRIDGES

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ARIZONA POLICE PROBING SALES OF INK CARTRIDGES

 user 2008-07-24 at 11:16:32 am Views: 66
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    http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/crime/249639.php
    UA police probing sales of ink cartridges
    University
    of Arizona police are investigating whether an employee used department
    money to buy thousands of dollars in ink cartridges and then sold them
    on eBay.University police would not say if any arrests have been made
    after a search warrant was served at the woman’s home on Monday.In a
    search-warrant affidavit filed Wednesday, police gave the following
    account of the fraudulent activity, which is thought to have occurred
    between July 2007 and April 2008:The employee worked for the Arizona
    Water Institute with the hydrology department at the UA. In April,
    accountants discovered that she had purchased and approved more than
    $27,000 worth of ink cartridges in less than a year.

    She was the only person involved with the transactions.
    The
    director of the institute tried to contact the employee to discuss the
    transactions, but the employee did not respond to e-mails or phone
    calls for four days.On April 6, the woman went into the office to clean
    out her personal belongings. When the director came into the office and
    saw the woman’s work space cleared off, the director contacted police.

    The employee was contacted and told police that the institute simply uses that much ink.
    An
    investigation revealed that the employee was listing HP ink cartridges
    for sale on eBay at a discounted price. When someone ordered a
    cartridge, she would order it from the Internet and pay for it with
    department money.She would have the ink shipped directly to the
    customer after confirming the customer’s money was in her PayPal
    account.An auditor determined the following losses — more than $75,000
    in personal purchases, more than $2,000 in wasteful spending, and
    nearly $4,000 in donation checks that were deposited into the
    employee’s account.The woman is no longer employed by the university,
    according to Johnny Cruz, a UA spokesman.