February 17, 2018

UNT Staffer Charged With Bilking SLIS

By LJ Staff

The assistant to the dean of the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences has been charged with leading a theft ring that cashed paychecks for work never done and rigging expense reports, causing the school to lose more than $250,000. Patti Patterson Dale, an employee of the university for more than 20 years, was accused of taking kickbacks from others involved in the scheme. She was fired shortly after an investigation began in the fall, according to the Star-Telegram. UNT Police Chief Richard Deter said “not a dime” of the money has been recovered and more than $60,000 in questionable time sheet entries remain. Apparent confederates included two student employees and nine friends of Dale’s son, none of whom had a connection to the university. All told, 14 people were arrested.