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.