Fraud at Vanderbilt University

Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding Vanderbilt University of at least $530,000, The City Paper reports.

Jason Hunt, a 34-year-old administrative manager at the law school, agreed to a plea deal with an effective sentence of 22 years in prison. Hunt’s partner, 31-year-oldSamuel Wakefield, agreed to a plea deal with an effective sentence of 10 years.

According to investigators, Hunt and Wakefield defrauded Vanderbilt through the fraudulent use of a credit card and forged checks. Some of those checks were cashed by two 17-year-old males with whom Hunt and Wakefield had sexual encounters. Because of those encounters, Hunt and Wakefield also pleaded guilty to aggravated statutory rape and will be placed on the sex-offender registry.

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