Utah State U Admissions Official Charged With Stealing Scholarships

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cache County prosecutors have filed felony charges against Utah State University’s former director of enrollment services in connection with the misuse of more than $200,000, much of it earmarked for scholarships.

Jennifer Putnam Twiss came under suspicion in February when an internal audit of scholarships revealed questionable awards made to her family members, according to a probable-cause statement filed in 1st District Court in Logan. Going back to 2004, six family members had been awarded $190,000 in scholarships and waivers, but there was no documentation justifying the awards.

USU dismissed Twiss, 34, and referred the matter to police.

"Using family members’ accounts, Twiss would post a scholarship for cash reimbursement and then have the check sent directly to her, forge the recipient’s name and then deposit it into her personal bank account," wrote USU police Officer Steve Milne in the probable-cause statement. "The investigation found no evidence that the family members were involved and when questioned, told investigators they were not aware of Twiss’ actions."

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