Two administrators at Harvard Law are being investigated after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from an account meant to help students with disabilities. The women purchased everything from iPads to "X-rated items" using the stolen money, according to Boston CBS Local.
Court documents suggest that the scheme may have been going on since 2013, when accountants began noticing discrepancies. As the situation was investigated, both Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors resigned from their positions. Purchases from the fund were traced through Apple and Amazon back to the administrators in question.
“It’s horrifying,” said Kristina Vu, a blind student at the school. “Knowing that someone is out there taking away those crucial resources from the vulnerable student population that needs it to succeed is honestly very appalling to me ... What procedural safeguards were they lacking that allowed something like this to happen?”
“Without [that money], we couldn’t be students,” added Elsie Tellier, a student involved with the Harvard College Disability Alliance. “Hearing this is just outrageous and extremely upsetting. I really hope this is a wake-up call for Harvard to take better account of where the money is going.”
DeMarco is now offering an apology for her misdeeds: “It was a big job and I made mistakes,” she said. “I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation.”
The total amount of money stolen is estimated to be around $110,000.
[Photo: Getty Images]