A former employee of Framingham State University has been arrested in connection with stealing more than $110,000 from the school, most of which was allegedly used to buy cocaine, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced.
Robert Walmsley, 34, of Brockton, was arrested today and will be arraigned this afternoon on three counts of larceny over $250 and two counts of presenting a fraudulent claim to an employer for payment.
“We allege that the defendant abused his position at this university in order to steal tens of thousands of dollars from the institution to fund his drug use,’’ Coakley said in a statement. “He then allegedly submitted falsified records in order to conceal his theft.’’
Authorities claim Walmsley stole more than $110,000 from the school by using a university-issued card meant for department-related expenses for personal purchases between July 2011 and May 2013.
According to investigators, Walmsley used the university-issued card to buy hundreds of prepaid Visa gift cards totaling more than $110,000, and used them to buy illegal drugs and in some cases exchanged the gift cards for cash.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Walmsley concealed his theft by allegedly falsifying the gift card purchases on receipts, and submitting those fraudulent documents along with his monthly expense reports to the university, claiming the purchases were work-related expenses.
Walmsley, a graduate of the university, began working at the school’s office of development and alumni relations in 2008 until his termination in June 2013.