Vanderbilt sues two men who defrauded it out of more than $500K

Monday, October 22, 2012 at 2:22pm

The two men who pleaded guilty to defrauding Vanderbilt University out of more than $500,000 now face a civil lawsuit from the school.

Jason Hunt, a former administrative manager at Vanderbilt Law School, and his partner Samuel Wakefield conspired to make fraudulent credit card and check purchases using the school’s funds, according to the lawsuit.

The fraudulent checks were issued by Hunt, who forged signatures, to Wakefield and “other criminal associates,” according to the suit filed last week in Davidson County Circuit Court.

The suit also claims that Hunt used funds from fraudulent Vanderbilt checks to pay for expenses related to a “local organization.” Hunt resigned as president from Nashville Pride, a local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights organization, in October 2011.

Vanderbilt attorney Ed Yarbrough declined to confirm whether or not Nashville Pride was the implied organization.

The lawsuit asks for compensatory damages, interest, punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

Hunt, 34, and Wakefield, 31, pleaded guilty to criminal fraud, forgery and statutory rape charges on Oct. 9.

5 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 10/22/12 at 3:40

OH NO!!! Those poor babies.

Vanderbilt has Plenty of money. Why would they sue these poor babies for their money? That is nothing but greed by Vandy. I am so disgusted by Vandy right now.

By: rickmuz on 10/24/12 at 11:39

@NewYorker1: So if you already have money you don't get to recover damages? Hats off to them for setting a precedence to ensure that this does not happen in the future. Hopefully they have also changed the accountability procedures that allowed this guy to steal half a million dollars without being caught in the first place.

By: wataboutbob on 10/25/12 at 9:32

Vandy will now be accused of discrimination against GLBT's.

By: not_guilty on 10/25/12 at 1:05

Good luck trying to collect on any judgment.

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