Thursday, 04 17, 2014
Allison Gardner Martin
General Jack Conway and his Department of Criminal Investigations today
announced the guilty plea of former Northern Kentucky University Athletic
Director Scott William Eaton in Campbell Circuit Court.
50, of Ft. Thomas, Ky., was charged by Criminal Information today in Campbell
Circuit Court with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking between $10,000 and $1
million for stealing $311,215 from Northern Kentucky University (NKU) from
January 2007 to March 2013. Eaton
entered a guilty plea to the charge, agreed to serve the maximum term of 10
years in prison, and repay NKU $311,215 in restitution. He will also have to pay the mandatory felony
fine of $1,000 and court costs.
a time when higher education institutions are being asked to accomplish more
with smaller tuition increases and declining state funding, the reckless
behavior exhibited by Scott Eaton is unconscionable,” Attorney General Conway
year, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns terminated Eaton’s employment as NKU’s
Athletic Director when Mearns discovered Eaton had engaged in inappropriate
relationships with employees and a student.
NKU engaged an external firm to audit Athletic Department accounts under
Eaton’s control; that audit confirmed suspicions that he had also stolen funds
want to commend NKU for immediately contacting the Office of the Attorney
General about this issue,” Attorney General Conway said. “The University’s cooperation and assistance
helped lead to the successful prosecution of this case.”
stole the funds by defrauding NKU utilizing several different schemes. First, he used his NKU-issued credit card to
purchase Kroger gift cards. He then
utilized those gift cards to purchase items for his own personal use. This amount totaled $262,106. Additionally, he purchased items for his own
personal use on his NKU credit card.
This amount totaled $32,919. Furthermore,
he used NKU resources to print and charge postage for items for the
Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA), of which he was a
member. When he sought and received
reimbursement for these costs from MBCA, he kept the money for his own personal
use instead of returning it to NKU. This
amount totaled $16,190. In all, the
defendant took $311,215 from NKU.
case was investigated by General Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations. The prosecution of this case was handled by
General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions, with the assistance of
Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michelle Snodgrass.
am grateful to Attorney General Jack Conway and to Campbell County Commonwealth
Attorney Michelle Snodgrass for their diligent and responsible actions,” said Mearns.
defendant’s sentencing date is set before Judge Julie Reinhardt Ward on May 20 at
12 p.m. in Campbell Circuit Court, Division One. The defendant is released on his own