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The former Yale University administrator has pleaded guilty to a long-running scheme to steal electronics ordered for the university and resell goods. Here the shuttle transports students around the campus of Yale University.

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The former Yale University administrator has pleaded guilty to a long-running scheme to steal electronics ordered for the university and resell goods. Here the shuttle transports students around the campus of Yale University.

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The nearly decade-long scheme of stealing computers and iPads for millions of dollars from Yale University Medical School is officially over.

On Monday in federal court in Hartford, Convent, former Yale University administrator Jamie Petrone, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and tax misconduct for his role in the conspiracy.

Petrone’s trick began in 2013 and lasted until 2021, while she worked at the university, according to the US Attorney’s Office for Connecticut.

Until recently, she held the position of Director of Finance and Administration of the Department of Emergency Medicine in Eli. As part of this work, Petrone had the authority to make and authorize certain purchases for the department – while the amount was less than $ 10,000.

Starting in 2013, Petrone would order from suppliers in the Yale state at the expense of the Yale School of Medicine, or from its staff, computers and other electronics, which numbered thousands of goods over the years. She then arranged for the stolen equipment, which cost millions of dollars, to do business in New York in exchange for money as soon as the electronics were resold.

According to the court, these purchases included the iPad and Microsoft Surface Pro.

Investigators said Petrone would inform the school on documents that the equipment was intended for special needs at the university, such as medical research, which ultimately did not exist. She broke fraudulent purchases into orders worth less than $ 10,000 each so she didn’t have to get extra approval from school officials.

Petrone itself would ship this equipment to third-party companies that will resell the equipment. She later paid Petrone by transferring funds to the account of her company Maziv Entertainment LLC.

Petrone used the money to run the world, buy real estate and travel, federal prosecutors say. She also bought luxury cars. At the time of pleading guilty, she had two Mercedes-Benz cars, two Cadillac Escalade, Dodge Charger and Range Rover.

In June 2020, a large volume of orders for equipment attracted some attention in Eli. But in the end it was explained to Petrone, who said her department was just updating computer equipment.

Her scheme continued successfully until August 2021, when Yale district officials received an anonymous tip that Petrone was ordering “suspiciously large volumes of computer equipment,” according to court records. These orders caused more suspicion due to the fact that Petrone put some of the packages in his own car.

Later that month, Yale University auditors, among other things, examined Petrone’s purchase orders and emails, eventually passing on their findings to law enforcement.

While pleading guilty, she agreed to get rid of luxury cars as well as three homes in Connecticut. Property she owns in Georgia may also be seized.

Petrone also agreed to confiscate more than $ 560,000, which was seized from the bank account of Maziv Entertainment LLC.

The federal prosecutor’s office claims that the Yale district’s losses are about $ 40,504,200.

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