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College Auditor Goes to Jail

McAllister.jpgBruce McAllister ‘54 Tu ‘58, a longtime Dartmouth auditor is going to jail for embezzlement. The Burlington Free Press reports that the College refuses to reveal when McAllister ceased working in the audit office; however, he is still listed an employee in the Dartmouth Name Directory(see right):

The former chief auditor at Dartmouth College was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 18 months in federal prison for his part stealing more than $800,000 over 25 years while serving as treasurer for several not-for profits in the White River Junction area.

Bruce D. McAllister of Thetford pleaded guilty in April to the single-count wire fraud indictment that said he developed an illegal scheme that ran from at least 1985 to 2010.

The groups included the Alpha Theta House Corp., a co-ed fraternity at Dartmouth College, and the Meccawe Club, a private trout fishing club on 900 acres in Bridgewater.

Judge William K. Sessions III ordered restitution of $606,843 to the fraternity and $193,984 to the sports club. He said he was aware of McAllister’s various medical conditions, but told him he would need to report to prison on Jan. 8.

According to a story in The D, McAllister: “is not suspected of embezzling money from the College, according to Director of Media Relations for the College Justin Anderson. ‘To the best of my knowledge, there is no evidence of any fraud at this point,’ Anderson said.”

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

I remember sitting in Alpha Theta business meetings with McAllister in the 70s and feeling puzzled why this joyless man was still involved in house affairs.

A sad end.

Spokesman Anderson’s comment fails the Media Relations 101 test. He does nothing to allay concerns that the possibility of similar conduct has been thoroughly checked out and eliminated. He’s passive, self-assured and lacking diligence.

Guess that makes him the perfect mouthpiece for the current regime.

Addendum: Since this post went up today, McAllister’s entry in the Dartmouth Name Directory has been changed. Above, he was listed as part of the “Audit Adv. Svcs” department; now his department is simply “Dart.”

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