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John Runowicz, NYU Official, Charged In Phony-Receipt Scam

December 24th, 2009, 03:12 am admin Leave a comment Go to comments

NEW YORK — Prosecutors say a former New York University staffer passed off thousands of receipts mined from a liquor store’s trash as spending on lab supplies and college events, finagling $409,000 in bogus reimbursements.

The receipts were marked with the wine shop’s name, authorities say, but the tactic apparently went unnoticed for about six years. Wednesday, John Runowicz (RUN’-oh-wihts) was released without bail after pleading not guilty to charges including grand larceny.

Manhattan prosecutors say the now-fired chemistry department administrator submitted more than 13,000 bogus receipts for repayment. The university says it is “deeply disappointed” with the alleged conduct of the former staffer.


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