Former UMBC employee pleads guilty to theft

He stole $9,800 to buy oriental rugs to decorate his home and now works for University of Michigan as professor

December 22, 2010|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

A former UMBC employee pleaded guilty to stealing $9,800 from the university so he could decorate his Catonsville home with oriental rugs, the attorney general's office announced Tuesday.

Francis P. Nunoo-Quarcoo, former director of the university's visual arts department, created fake invoices for repairs to silk screening equipment, the attorney general's office said, but used the money to buy rugs from an Ellicott City shop. As a director, he had the authority to approve the invoices.

Campus authorities and Maryland State Police combined to investigate the theft.

Nunoo-Quarcoo now works at the University of Michigan as a professor in the school of art and design. His 2009-2010 compensation was $130,000, according to an online database of Michigan university salaries.

He will be sentenced May 25.

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