Northern Illinois University has put on paid leave eight employees charged with felonies last week in an alleged scheme to sell university scrap materials and deposit the proceeds in a private bank account.
The employees will be paid their regular salaries while NIU police continue to investigate the unauthorized account, known as the "coffee fund," the DeKalb university wrote in a statement. The employees' annual salaries range from $27,592 to $150,677.
A former NIU associate vice president, who resigned in July while under investigation for misconduct, also was charged last week for his alleged role in the scheme.
NIU police began investigating the fund Aug. 3, school officials said. At least $13,000 had been deposited into the account in the past six years, and about $2,100 was in it when it was closed in August and the balance transferred to the university's general fund, officials said.