Another Medical School Employee Charged In Gift Card Scheme


UPDATED: Monday November 5, 2012 6:34 PM

It was money that was supposed to help medical research, but it really helped former medical school employees rip off the system.

A Franklin County grand jury just voted to charge a third former Wright State employee with three felonies.

Two former Wright State University employees have already beaten a trail to the courthouse on charges they ripped off taxpayers.

Eddie Walker and sister, Tiffani Richardson, pleaded guilty in Dayton last month.

But now Watchdog 10 has learned a third person is also on his way to court in Franklin County for crimes allegedly committed at the university's Boonshoft School of Medicine.

State Auditor David Yost found the medical school employees ripping off the public university by siphoning cash and gift cards.
 
“It was meant for research, but they were pocketing part of the money,” said Yost.

An audit showed $94,000 missing which includes nearly $50,000 Walker and Richardson took.

For his role, the Franklin County Prosecutor is now charging Todd Mathias with three felony counts, including theft in office and misuse of credit cards.

He's accused of taking up to $17,000. Yost said if he's guilty, the judge should lock him up.

“I think people who abuse the public trust and steal public money need a taste of jail. Even if it's their first offense that shouldn't be a slap on the wrist,” added Yost.

It’s hard to say if the conviction will actually bring any jail time.

Walker and Richardson escaped their convictions without jail time; instead, each received 5 years of community control.

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