Former NYU Chemistry Director Submitted Over $400K Worth of Fake Receipts

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Runowicz leaving court earlier this week.Photo: nydn.com.

John Runowicz, NYU's former chemistry department budget director, has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for stealing a staggering amount of money from the school. Runowicz’s pilfering methods were, to say the least, unusual: Over the course of five years, he submitted 13,000 receipts for petty cash ... all from the same liquor store (indicating he wasn’t exactly trying hard to cover up his misdeeds). In sum, he stole a total of $409,000 from the school before he was caught by a student courier who noticed the “repeat receipts” and turned him in (those pesky couriers!).

Runowicz’s lawyer, Daniel Parker, who matriculated from NYU himself, found a way to somehow blame all of this not on his client but on the academic institution: "As an NYU Law graduate, I would hope they spend less time soliciting donations from their alumni until they can run a tighter ship," Parker said.

NYU chemistry director John Runowicz took $409,000 from petty cash using liquor store receipts [NYDN]