Former NAU Employee Indicted For Embezzlement

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Former NAU Employee Indicted For Embezzlement

The Arizona Auditor General’s office reported yesterday that a former NAU employee was indicted for embezzlement.

The employee, Edwin Talley, worked at NAU for nearly 37 years. He was indicted on six felony counts related to embezzlement from NAU over a period of 16 years.

According to the official report released by the Auditor General, Talley is accused of stealing $354,902 between 1997 and 2013, by writing 245 checks and making 12 purchasing card payments to two fictitious vendors he created.

The report says that most of the embezzled money came from state appropriations and students’ tuition and feeds. The report also alleges that Talley submitted false invoices and information in the university’s accounting software, as well as fabricated credit card transaction reports.

In 2012, the missing money was discovered after NAU implemented new accounting software and initiated a review of all university purchasing card activity. The report says that Talley gave university money to two companies, Flag Mailing Products and Omega Supplies, which were later discovered to be fictitious.

┬áBoth of these companies did not have a real business address or a web presence or online store. Talley issued 245 checks to Flag Mailing Products, and the Auditor General’s Office discovered that 179 checks were sent to Talley’s home address or rented mailbox.
During an audit, another NAU employee discovered that the phone number provided for Omega Supplies was the same as the number for Talley’s personal business, Talley Security. Upon this discovery, NAU conducted it’s own internal investigation and Talley was removed from his position in January 2013.
According to the report, Talley apologized for his actions and took responsibility for using the university card to issue checks to Omega supplies and Flag Mailing Products.

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