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Ex-Fairmont St. VP pleads guilty to embezzlement

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A former Fairmont State University official faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax charges.

Forty-five-year-old David A. Tamm of Parkersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he received on his 2012 federal income tax return.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says Tamm used his state purchasing card to buy computer switches and then resold them for cash. Tamm received about $650,000 from the scheme.

Tamm had served as vice president and the university’s chief information officer since 2008. His employment was terminated April 5.

He faces up to 10 years in prison on the embezzlement charge and up to three years on the tax charge.

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