Former Clarke Employee Accused of Stealing from University

gavel2DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A former Clarke University employee has been accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the school in a book vendor scheme.

James Spaulding, a former bookstore manager at the eastern Iowa school, faces one count of mail fraud and two counts of filing a false tax return.

Authorities say Spaulding submitted invoices to buy books from a company he established in 2011 with a friend. He is accused of issuing checks for several invoices between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say Spaulding would later receive cashier’s checks.

The Telegraph Herald reports a hearing in the case is scheduled Thursday.

Clarke University reported the theft in April 2013 after an internal review of vendors.