Law School Says It Has Recovered Stolen $173,000

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A Boston law school has recovered about $173,000 that a former administrator last week admitted to stealing, and has put in place safeguards to protect the institution against future thefts, according to the dean.

John F. O’Brien, dean of New England Law Boston, a 103-year-old institution formerly known as New England School of Law, made the announcement in an e-mail to students and staff on Friday. The note was obtained by the Globe over the weekend.

“Though we are dismayed that a single employee acted in bad faith, I am confident that this was an isolated incident,’’ O’Brien wrote.

He sent the message after Douglas Leman, 46, the school’s former controller, pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court in Boston to charges that he stole the funds between September 2008 and March 2011.

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