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Audit reveals former university employee embezzled $470,000

Robert Alex Harlan has been charged with five counts of first-degree theft after embezzling over $470,000 from Drake University, according to the Des Moines Register.

Harlan, 49, had been director of student accounts for the past 10 years and had worked at Drake for 20 years. He no longer works at the university.

The embezzlement dates back to 2004, but the investigation only goes back five years, according to the Register. Harlan is charged with five counts total, one count for each of the five years. Each count can earn to up to 10 years in prison.


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