- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A former Clarke University employee has been accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the school in a book vendor scheme.

James Spaulding, a former bookstore manager at the eastern Iowa school, faces one count of mail fraud and two counts of filing a false tax return. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Authorities say Spaulding submitted invoices to buy books from a company he established in 2011 with a friend. He is accused of issuing checks for several invoices between 2011 and 2012. Authorities say Spaulding would later receive cashier’s checks.

The Telegraph Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Gt0EdH ) a hearing in the case is scheduled Thursday.

Clarke University reported the theft in April 2013 after an internal review of vendors.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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