UConn Employee Tried to Steal Grant Money: Police

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 7:32 AM EDT
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UConn Employee Tried to Steal Grant Money: Police

UConn Police

Corey Schmitt, a former UConn employee, was arrested, accused of transferring money fraudulently while working at the school.

UConn police have arrested a 24-year-old Vernon man accused of trying to award himself thousands of dollars in grant money while he worked at the school.

Police arrested Corey Schmitt, 24, of 14 Elizabeth Lane in Vernon, on Friday.

A state Web site listed Schmitt as a university student worker in 2012. He is no longer listed in the student directory.

The Hartford Courant reports that he was a student trustee in the financial aid office and is accused of transferring $73,000 worth of “financial aid to students before they were authorized to receive the money” and transferring more than $2,000 he was not entitled to into his work study account.

Police started investigating in May 2012 and determined that Schmitt had gained access to a secure computer system and made several unauthorized transactions, according to police.

He was charged with three counts of a second-degree computer crime, one count of third-degree computer crime, two counts of e-crime with fraudulent intent and conspiracy to commit larceny.  

In July, Bloomfield police arrested Schmitt and charged him with criminal impersonation and attempt to illegally obtain prescription drugs. He is due in court to address those charges in November.

He was arrested on similar charges in Vernon and South Windsor in September.

State police charged him with drug possession in June.
 

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