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Former UNT employees indicted, accused of swindling $75K

Former UNT employees indicted, accused of swindling $75K

September 13
00:04 2012

Ashley Grant / Senior Staff Writer

Five former UNT College of Information employees have been indicted by a grand jury for an alleged scheme to swindle about $75,000 from the university over two years.

Four of the former employees have been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony that a carries a possible sentence of five years to life in prison: John Leonard Pipes, 57, Tisha, 58, Lindsey Collings, 31, and Theresa Jackson, 51. Diane Green, 56, was indicted for theft charges, said Denton County First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck.

UNT Police began investigating the alleged scheme on Sept. 30 of last year after responding to an anonymous tip, said Kelley Reese, assistant vice president for University Relations, Communications and Marketing.

The UNT Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.

Reese said that Collings, who held various positions over the course of her three-year career at UNT and was fired in January, allegedly received payments totaling $62,613 from the fall of 2009 to the summer of 2011 for work she did not perform.

Tisha and Pipes, Collings’ supervisors at the College of Information, have been accused of knowingly approving falsified timesheets for Collings, Reese said.

Collings’ Facebook page lists Tisha, who was budget officer at the college, as her mother. Pipes is Collings’ ex-stepfather, Reese said.

Jackson, the college’s budget office assistant, had an unspecified hand in approving the falsified time sheets, Reese said.

Green, Pipes and Tisha were arrested earlier this month, between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4, Beck said. Their cases are pending.

“The other two co-defendants have sealed indictments and have yet to be arrested,” Beck said.

According to Denton County Jail records, bail was set at $20,000 each for Tisha and Pipes and $15,000 for Green. All three have since posted bail.

Green’s theft charge stems from an accusation that she received $12,794 for uncompleted work from the spring and summer of 2011.

Reese said Jackson resigned in 2010, Tisha was fired in August and Pipes was fired last week. Green and Collings left UNT this year.

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