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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Two Harvard Law School Administrators Charged With Embezzling Over $100k Intended For Students With Disabilities To Purchase Personal items, Including Sex Toys

Harvard Law School (2016)Harvard Crimson, Former Law School Employees Accused of Stealing More Than $100,000:

Two former Harvard Law School administrators face felony charges after allegedly stealing funds from a Law School account while employees there several years ago. The defendants, Margaret DeMarco and Darris Saylors, have both been charged with two counts of larceny over $250.

DeMarco worked as the Director of Student Affairs at the Law School between 2008 and 2013, and now works as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College. Saylors worked as a manager of student programs at the Law School and now works as the Assistant Director of the University of Chattanooga Honors College.

Daily Mail, Harvard Administrators Are Accused of Embezzling $110,000 Meant For Disabled Students and Spending It on Luxuries Including Sex Toys:

Two Harvard administrators have been accused of spending $110,000 set aside for disabled students on luxury electronic items including sex toys. ...

As well as phones, tablets and computers that were purchased by the pair, 32-year-old Saylors, who worked in the Dean Of Students' office, is accused of spending money on sex toys.

CBS Boston, I-Team: Harvard Law Administrators Accused Of Stealing Money Meant For Students With Disabilities:

Two former Harvard Law School administrators are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from an account meant to help students with disabilities.

In a criminal complaint the I-Team obtained, Harvard University police allege Meg DeMarco, 33, and Darris Saylors, 32, used the funds to purchase laptops, iPads, DVDs, jewelry, and even a few X-rated items. In all, the police investigation said the women stole about $110,000. ...

The probe revealed purchases of dozens of laptops, iPads, iPods and other electronics. Court documents say a subpoena to Apple traced the items to DeMarco’s home in Chelsea and Saylors’ apartment in Cambridge. Police also discovered items at the homes of Saylors’ friends and family in California, Washington and Tennessee.

Kristina Vu is a second-year law student who is blind and uses a guide dog to navigate campus. She was shocked when she heard the allegations. “It’s horrifying,” she told the I-Team. “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.” ...

Saylors is accused of frequenting Amazon for a long list of online purchases like purses, clothing and jewelry. The investigation even found she used the Dean of Students purchasing card to buy sex toys. Police say she then tried to hide the purchases in budget documents by changing the descriptions to things like, “textbooks for disabilities accommodations.” ...

Elsie Tellier is involved with the Harvard College Disability Alliance, a group that advocates for student accommodations. Tellier, a sophomore with cystic fibrosis, said funds allocated for those purposes are essential. “Without it, we couldn’t be students,” Tellier told the I-Team. “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.”

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Wattaya do when you don't have billable hours?

Posted by: Gbear | Mar 5, 2017 5:11:57 AM

The most disturbing thing here is that these idiots think that the items description, e.g. the UPC is not part of the sales record. She thought changing the expense account submission would hide what she bought. These people should not be allowed access to sharp objects or shoe laces.

Posted by: fred54 | Mar 5, 2017 9:08:01 AM

Reading comments one always encounters the same themes. Writers convert moral failings to sickness or stupidity. The West has been thoroughly de-moralized.

Posted by: Nicolas | Mar 6, 2017 8:10:34 AM