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Former employee arrested on embezzlement charges

December 9, 2010

Former UC Davis employee Jennifer Beeman was arrested Dec. 9 on a charge of embezzlement of public funds and eight other felonies in connection with her alleged misuse of public funds as director of the Campus Violence Prevention Program. Beeman surrendered at Monroe Detention Center in Woodland.

According to the warrant issued by the Yolo County district attorney, Beeman is charged with one count of embezzlement of public funds by a public official, three counts of misuse of funds by a public official, four counts of false accounting, and one count of fraudulently altering an account. All the charges carry potential jail terms. An arraignment hearing will be held at a later date.

The charges stem from Beeman's alleged misuse of funds from educational and outreach programs intended to prevent sexual violence.

A joint investigation by UC Davis police and the department of Justice Office of the Inspector General included a search of Beeman's banking records. Beeman is believed to have embezzled from $2,000 to $13,000, according to investigators.

In addition, the university returned over $100,000 to the U.S. Department of Justice due to questionable costs the university identified in the use of a grant awarded by the Department in 2005. Those expenses were identified by the university as not allowable under the terms and conditions of the grant, but not as fraud. This grant, which Beeman had helped administer for UC Davis, was intended to support programs against sexual violence. The Office of the Inspector General has concluded its investigation of UC Davis.

Beeman was director of the Campus Violence Prevention Program for 16 years until December 2008, when she was placed on administrative leave. Beeman left university employment in June 2009.

In September 2009, UC Davis announced that Beeman had exaggerated the numbers of forcible sex offences reported under the Clery Act in 2005, 2006 and 2007. UC Davis corrected those figures in 2009 and has taken steps to improve oversight of the collection of Clery Act statistics.

UC Davis’ Campus Violence Prevention Program provides victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence the opportunity to divulge the crimes in confidence and connects them to health care and other support services, regardless of whether they choose to file a police report.

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