Former UCSF Administrator Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud

Former UCSF Administrator Sentenced to Prison for Wire Fraud

Sandra Eileen Le, a former administrator at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for wire fraud, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Le, 55, was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution for diverting student tuition payments to herself.

Le, who served as the academic program officer for the UCSF School of Nursing’s Post-Master’s and Special Studies Certificate Programs, instructed students to make tuition payments out to her, a merchandiser she purchased from, or to leave the payee line blank. She then deposited the checks into her own account. The DOJ revealed that Le used the embezzled funds for luxury items, gambling, home improvement, and personal expenses.

Between November 2013 and March 2019, Le diverted nearly 300 checks, totaling $1,536,089.64. To conceal her misconduct, she generated false records of payments and student enrollment for her supervisors at the university.

The investigation into Le began in May 2019 when authorities launched a probe into her activities. At that time, she took a leave of absence as she faced scrutiny from the university’s audit and advisory services unit. During her absence, a program student handed her replacement a check written out to Le, revealing her involvement. Subsequent interviews with other students uncovered the full extent of her fraudulent actions.

Le is scheduled to commence her prison sentence on or before May 10. Additionally, she will serve a three-year supervised release following her incarceration.

Author: CrimeDoor

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