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Ex-Fairmont State official charged with embezzling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former Fairmont State University official accused of reselling university computer equipment that he bought with state-issued purchasing cards has been charged with embezzlement.

David Tamm also is charged with falsely reporting less income than he received on his 2012 federal income tax return.

Tamm is cooperating with federal authorities, his lawyer, Thorn H. Thorn, said Tuesday.

The information, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, did not prrovide details of the charges

Federal prosecutors allege in a related civil forfeiture case that Tamm used purchasing cards issued to other Fairmont State employees to buy 302 computer switches between June 20, 2008, and Nov. 16, 2012. He then resold the switches to out-of-state companies for about $648,500, court documents show.

In June, federal prosecutors sought the forfeiture of Tamm's house in Bridgeport, saying he had bought it with proceeds from the computer switch sales.

Tamm was questioned by an FBI agent on May 30 and disclosed that "his physician told him in reference to the investigation, that he was not a bad person, but that he just made bad decisions,'' Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew R. Cogar and John C. Parr wrote in their civil forfeiture complaint.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley approved the sale of the house in July and later approved the forfeiture of the proceeds, $75,393, court documents show.

Tamm and his wife did not file any claims in the forfeiture case, prosecutors said in a court filing.

Tamm's employment with the university was terminated on April 5, Fairmont State spokeswoman Amy Pellegrin said Tuesday. He had been placed on unpaid administrative leave on Jan. 28, during the investigation.

He had served as vice president and the university's chief information officer since 2008, and was hired in 2005 as director of network security and servers.

A hearing in the criminal case has not been scheduled, Thorn said.

 


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