MSU Employee Accused Of Embezzling More Than $100,000

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

A long-time MSU employee will soon stand trial for embezzling money from the very department she worked in for 30 years.

Patricia Ann McGraw is charged with stealing more than $100,000 over five years from the school's theatre department.

Students there aren't happy.

"It's so dishonest. These people are in positions of power and they're taking advantage of students," says student Mike Dennis.

A university spokesman and members of the theatre department both declined to comment about this case. But this isn't the first time in MSU's recent past that a staff member has been accused of embezzlement.

In December of 2005, journalism school administrator Raye Grill pleaded guilty to stealing up to $20,000 from her department. And a few months before that, MSU residential hall employee Gary A. Shivers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor embezzlement charge for taking up to $1,000 from that organization.

These examples beg the question of should the school be doing more to prevent employees from taking illegal advantage of their positions? Students think so.

"They need to do a better job of judging character if they can, and in all departments," says student Darcy Workman.

McGraw remains free on bond after turning herself into police.

She could get up to 10 years in prison if she's convicted.


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