An alumna and former university employee charged with stealing more than $104,000 from the university pleaded guilty last week to the charge.
Lisa Riggs was charged Sept. 18 in the western district of Oklahoma with wire fraud.
Riggs agreed last week to repay OCU more than $104,000, according to a story released Oct. 31 by The Associated Press.
Riggs, who was the executive assistant to former OCU President Tom McDaniel, used a university credit to pay for personal expenses, including gas, groceries, wireless phone services, and an Oklahoma Pikepass account.
The credit cards were specified for university-related purchases only.
The unauthorized purchases were discovered after Riggs ignored a request for an audit and did not provide documentation of her purchases, according to the affidavit.
Riggs worked for the university from May 2004 until November 2011, also serving as an executive assistant for a vice president and to the dean of Meinders School of Business.
She also was an adviser to the Alpha Phi sorority. Riggs served as the chapter property committee president for the Delta Delta chapter of Alpha Phi until April of this year, according to a statement the chapter released in October to Student Publications.
She was relieved from her duties after officials discovered money missing from the sorority’s account.
Financial information dating back to 2006 was submitted to Alpha Phi International Executive Office, the chapter’s insurance company, a forensic accountant, and the FBI.
“Based on the information regarding the monetary loss of the chapter, the insurance company reimbursed the chapter,” according to the statement.
The sorority was reimbursed for more than $50,000, according to a statement released by the chapter to Student Publications.
Riggs is married to John Riggs, alumnus and former dean of students.