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Former UGA Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $200K from the University

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Former UGA Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $200K from the University

May 17, 2012

Former University of Georgia (UGA) employee Rebecca Hill pled guilty today in Clarke County Superior Court to one count of Racketeering (O.C.G.A. § 16-14-4(a)) and one count of Theft by Taking (O.C.G.A. §§ 16-8-2 & 12) for embezzling over $200,000.00 from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (Vinson Institute). She was sentenced under the First Offender Act to 20 years to serve 1 on house arrest. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $219,795.69. Hill was sentenced to house arrest in lieu of prison due to her physical condition.

Hill, who was employed as a business manager at the Vinson Institute, created a scheme using forms called Petty Cash Disbursement Receipts (PCDRs), which are certified by the vendor and used to reimburse university employees who purchase supplies for the university with personal funds. Hill would prepare falsified PCDRs which stated that she or others had purchased property for the Vinson Institute, and then submit these forms to UGA for reimbursement from a petty cash fund. She submitted almost 500 fraudulent PCDRs between 2005 to 2009.

Assistant Attorney General Greg Lohmeier prosecuted the case on behalf of the State of Georgia. The case was investigated by Matthew Slayton of the University of Georgia Police Department.