Former NKU AD Allegedly Stole $311K
(Highland Heights, Ky.) – The former athletic director at Northern Kentucky University stole over $300,000 from the school.
That’s what NKU President Geoffrey Mearns told the university’s Board of Regents in a letter Thursday. The letter details the school’s internal investigation into Eaton’s alleged theft uncovered earlier this year.
The AD who was fired last April had used university credit cards to purchase $22,106 in Kroger gift cards between January 2007 and March 2013. The theft totaled just over $311,000, which is twice the amount Eaton admitted to misusing when the scandal broke five months ago.
Mearns said Eaton abused everybody’s trust.
“What’s most offensive is that so many people were betrayed by him,” Mearns told media during a press conference.
Neither the U.S. Attorney in Lexington nor the Kentucky Attorney General would confirm any criminal investigation involving Eaton. Mearns said NKU is sharing the information from its investigation with authorities.
Mearns’ letter to the Board of Regents also included a number of recommendations for ensuring that such activity cannot happen again.