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Former Emory University employee sentenced to four years for theft
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March 18, 2014 03:57 PM | 1686 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An Ellenwood man pleaded guilty to multiple felony computer theft charges linked to an elaborate purchasing scheme. Kent Spicer, 48, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker to 20 years and ordered to serve four years of his sentence behind bars. Spicer must also pay restitution in the amount of $150,000 to Emory University.

Spicer, now a certified public accountant, worked for Emory University for about 20 years, according to his attorney J. Lansing Kimme. As a senior business manager for the division of general medicine, Spicer would purchase various electronic items through the accounts payable system, sell the items on eBay, and transfer the proceeds from his eBay account to his personal bank account.

"Spicer’s scheme, which took place between May 2007 and July 2011, was designed to line his pocket and exploit the trust of his long-time employer,” said DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James. “The defendant has since taken responsibility for his actions and has agreed to repay Emory University $150,000 at a monthly rate of $1,250 a month upon his release. We feel this plea is fair and just for all parties involved.”

Spicer was sentenced under the First Offenders Act. Assistant District Attorney Antonio Veal served as lead prosecutor.
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