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Former Howard U Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $140,000 From the University

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A former associate director of Howard University’s bursar’s office pleaded guilty to fraud on Friday after stealing nearly $140,000 from the university, reported The Washington Post. Charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by the U.S. District Court, Mosley faces 10 to 24 months in prison and must repay nearly $140,000 in restitution as well as $86,000 in forfeiture funds.

Doemini Mosley, 35, was an employee at Howard from 2011 to 2017, where she initially worked in the financial aid office before becoming associate director of the bursar’s office. According to the Post, an ongoing investigation found that while Mosley hatched the scheme to steal from the university herself, Brian Johnson, 35, an associate director of the financial office from 2014 to 2016, conspired alongside her. He pleaded guilty to the same offense last week.

According to the Post, “In fall 2016, Mosley proposed sending the fraudulently-obtained financial aid funds from Howard to Johnson, prosecutors said. Johnson would then give half the proceeds to Mosley in cash or electronic transfers, prosecutors said.” The Post added, “As part of the scheme, according to the government, Mosley applied the funds to Johnson’s student account even though he was no longer a student or employed at the school. Prosecutors said Mosley forwarded more than $107,000 to Johnson’s bank account from November 2016 to May 2017.”

Mosley and Johnson were among the six employees who were terminated by Howard University in 2018 for “gross misconduct and neglect of duties.” Mosley will be sentenced Oct. 25 and Johnson will be sentenced Sept. 25.

 

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