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Guilty Pleas In Vanderbilt Theft Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Two men accused of stealing nearly $600,000 from Vanderbilt University have pleaded guilty to a number of charges.

In October 2011 Administrators at Vanderbilt received a tip that Jason Hunt an employee at the time was embezzling money from the law school. Hunt had been an administrative services manager at the Vanderbilt Law School when Vanderbilt began to investigate whether Hunt was using school funds for personal purchases.

Hunt and his domestic partner Samuel Wakefield were also indicted in March 2012 with having sex with two minors.

The two were scheduled to go to trial on the charges in November, but in court Tuesday chose to plead guilty. Hunt pleaded guilty to a total of 17 counts ranging from theft and credit card fraud to aggravated statutory rape. He received a 22 year prison sentence. His partner Samuel Wakefield 6 counts, including statutory rape, in exchange for a 10-year prison sentence.

During an investigation it was determined that Hunt used a Vanderbilt credit card for personal purchases between April of 2010 and October of 2011 to buy things for himself, Wakefield and his friends totaling close to $300,000 dollars. Over $245,000 in forged checks were also discovered.

The District Attorney's office said further investigation determined that some of the people who cashed the forged checks were two 17-year-old boys.

In addition to their sentences both men were also being placed on the sex offender registry.

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