Former Vanderbilt Employee Accused Of Stealing $600,000
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After more than two months of investigating, U.S. Marshals arrested 34-year-old Jason Hunt Friday. After working at Vanderbilt University for nearly six years, he is accused to stealing $600,000 from the school.
Administrators at Vanderbilt received a tip back in October that Hunt was embezzling money from the law school.
"We immediately and aggressively investigated and once we concluded our investigation we turned our information over to the district attorney's office and we've been fully cooperating with the district attorney's office since then," said Beth Fortune from Vanderbilt University.
Hunt was administrative services manager at the law school. He dealt with money on a daily basis.
"He made some purchases on behalf of the law school, such as supplies, and then handled other day to day duties," Fortune explained.
When the school handed over its findings to the Davidson County District Attorney in mid-November, administrators also terminated Hunt's employment with the University.
While out of work Hunt, and his partner Cole Wakefield, opened Creme night club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in late December.
Before his move to Mexico, Hunt was elected president of Nashville Pride. He abruptly resigned that position when he left Nashville.
Friday morning, U.S. Marshals received a tip Hunt was at a home on Cabinet Shop Drive in Sims, AR. That is not far from where he grew up.
Marshals took Hunt into custody without incident. Friday night he was housed in the Montgomery County, AR jail on $1,000,000 bond.
Hunt is awaiting extradition back to Nashville. He is officially charge with theft over $60,000. If Hunt is convicted he could face between eight and twelve years in prison, with the possibility of parole after serving 30 percent of his sentence.