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Michael Mchugh


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Bowling Green State University

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Michael McHugh is charged with one count of aggravated theft and two counts of theft in office.He managed the BGSU-funded Northwest Ohio Regional Book Depository in Perrysburg, controlling an annual budget that reached $500,000.

BGSU and Perrysburg police began investigating Mr. McHugh after an Oct. 18 call from university employees.A day later, the university suspended him as depository manager.
The university fired Mr. McHugh on Nov. 2, citing misuse of public funds.
A former BGSU graduate student in American culture studies, Mr. McHugh, 43, was the first and only manager of the depository.He held the job since 1995 and it paid $48,351 a year.
Police took Mr. McHugh into custody about noon yesterday.The case has been referred to the Wood County prosecutor.

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Yet it was in the near anonymity of the quiet operation in Perrysburg's Levis Park that depository manager Michael McHugh, a Bowling Green State University employee since 1995, allegedly used the university's money to buy more than $400,000 worth of computers, printers, digital cameras, Palm Pilots, and other high-tech gadgets.When his purchases raised no eyebrows at BGSU, investigators say he then sold the electronics on the Internet auction site eBay or kept them for his own use.

For nearly six years, the spending spree continued un-detected.
Then on Oct. 18, employees in BGSU's purchasing department noticed "a spike in payables" to Office Depot and called a hot line set up by the university to alert auditors to suspicious expenditures.
Within 24 hours, Mr. McHugh was told he was being suspended while the university investigated.He immediately admitted to university officials that he had been stealing from his employer for years, according to court records.
The university fired Mr. McHugh in November and he was arrested Dec. 1.A Wood County grand jury indicted him Dec. 20 on felony charges of theft in office and telecommunications fraud.The man who received stellar reviews year after year for his management expertise at the depository pleaded not guilty to the charges and has been in the Wood County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond since his arrest.
Through his attorney, Gregory Bakies, Mr. McHugh, 44, declined to be interviewed for this story.
Under questioning by BGSU police and university administrators, though, Mr. McHugh said "he had in fact been making purchases of electronic equipment through various vendors using university funds and then selling these items on eBay for his own profit," states an affidavit filed by BGSU police in Municipal Court.
At a subsequent interview with his attorney present, police said Mr. McHugh "also admitted to misusing university funds for his own benefit and that he started this practice in 2000 or 2001."
Presented with four June, 2003, invoices from Apple Computer that totaled $106,639, Mr. McHugh reportedly said that yes, that was all computer equipment he bought with university purchase orders and resold for his own benefit.
Why didn't anyone in BGSU's purchasing department notice the pricey orders for computers?
Why didn't library officials, to whom Mr. McHugh reported, ask why the depository - which has just two other full-time employees and a half-dozen part-timers - needed so many new computers?
A review of the purchase orders and invoices from the depository showed only that the bills were paid.In one March 25, 2003, e-mail, an account clerk in BGSU's information technology services department asked Mr. McHugh whether he had received his entire Apple order, which was delivered directly to the depository.
"I now have received the entire order," he replied."Thanks for your help."
Mr. McHugh's performance evaluations seem to place the blame for the depository's budget problems on state cuts rather than local spending.
"During these challenging budgetary times, Michael has both managed his budget and met the mission of the depository," his supervisors wrote in July, 2003.
By May, 2006, Ms. Haricombe noted that Mr. McHugh had implemented "cost saving measures to reduce the depository's annual budget shortfall."
Mr. Dalton said the budget office did question Mr. McHugh about his budget shortfalls but always received "plausible explanations."
Mr. McHugh, he said, found ways to get around the systems in place to prevent opportunities for theft, but he declined to elaborate.
"He beat the system," Mr. Ribeau said of Mr. McHugh.

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Michael L. McHugh, 43, of Bowling Green, was indicted by a Wood County grand jury for theft in office and telecommunications fraud.He has been held in the Wood County jail since his arrest by BGSU police Dec. 1.

Mr. McHugh was fired Nov. 2 by BGSU, which operates the book depository at Levis Park in Perrysburg, after the university received a tip from an employee about purchases Mr. McHugh made for the depository and began investigating
According to court records, Mr. McHugh purchased equipment using university purchase orders and credit cards, and then sold the items on the Internet auction site eBay for personal profit or kept the equipment for his personal use.
In an affidavit filed in Bowling Green Municipal Court, BGSU police said Mr. McHugh told investigators that he had been making such purchases as far back as 2000 or 2001.
BGSU's director of internal audit and advisory services determined that "at least $404,000 can be directly attributed to fraudulent purchases," according to the affidavit.
BGSU Spokesman Teri Sharp said yesterday that "in hindsight, we probably could have done a better job" of monitoring Mr. McHugh's purchases.
Mr. McHugh was the first and only manager of the depository, which houses rarely used books and other materials for BGSU and the University of Toledo libraries.

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