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Former Georgetown University Employee Charged With Embezzling Over $300,000 From University

Kenneth Wainstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, announced recently that a federal grand jury has indicted a former Georgetown University employee, Pedro Paulo dos Santos, on charges of defrauding the University and Riggs Bank of more than $300,000.

According to the indictment, dos Santos had worked from 1998 until March 2005 at Georgetown. In his most recent position as a director of Georgetown’s Brazilian Studies program, he became familiar with the paperwork and authorizations required for vendors to obtain compensation for their services. The indictment further alleges that between September 2001 to February 2005, dos Santos developed and engaged in a scheme by which he would cause to be written, signed and issued, checks to a fictitious lecturer purportedly for consulting services. Dos Santos created invoices in the name of a fictitious vendor for consulting and guest lecturing services purportedly performed on behalf of the Brazilian Studies Program. To further justify fraudulent payments from Georgetown, dos Santos completed forged expense vouchers that he submitted together with the fake invoices to the Georgetown accounts payable department. After processing these invoices and vouchers, the accounts payable department issued checks as payment for services purportedly performed on behalf of Georgetown. These checks were either picked up by dos Santos from the accounts payable department or sent via U.S. mail to an address dos Santos had designated on the vouchers. dos Santos gained control of the funds by depositing the Georgetown checks directly into one or more of his personal bank accounts. dos Santos also attempted to disguise the illegal source of the stolen money by having one or more individuals deposit some of the checks in other bank accounts. This individual or individuals subsequently withdrew the funds and disbursed these funds to dos Santos in the form of cash or checks.

Ultimately, the scheme allegedly netted dos Santos in excess of $310,000.

See the full release here.

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