Guilty plea in $ 199,000 Notre Dame theft

Chicago Sun-Times - - METROBEAT -

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A for­mer Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame em­ployee ac­cused of tak­ing about $ 200,000 from the law school’s Clin­i­cal Law Cen­ter has pleaded guilty in the case.

Jen­nifer Ihns is await­ing sen­tenc­ing April 13 af­ter en­ter­ing a plea last week to charges in­clud­ing forgery and theft. The 44- yearold will be re­quired to pay $ 199,000 in resti­tu­tion to Notre Dame.

The South Bend Tri­bune re­ported that an in­ter­nal au­dit per­formed by the uni­ver­sity in 2016 of the Clin­i­cal Law Cen­ter’s fi­nan­cial ac­counts re­vealed what prose­cu­tors de­scribed as wide­spread ev­i­dence of im­proper han­dling of clinic funds.

The thefts al­legedly took place from 2009 to 2016. Court doc­u­ments say that Ihns al­tered scanned check im­ages to hide the thefts.

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