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Former NKU athletic director sentenced to 10 years
CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (Jeff Hirsh) -- A former top official at Northern Kentucky University is going to prison for 10 years for stealing more than $300,000 from the school.
Former athletic director, Scott Eaton, accepted a plea bargain and apologized to the university today.
Eaton, the former athletic director at NKU, plead guilty to stealing $311,000 from the university, and was given the 10 year maximum sentence and ordered to repay what he took.
Most of the money, about a quarter million dollars, according to the Kentucky Attorney General's office, came as Eaton used a university credit card to buy Kroger gift cards and then used them.
those gift cards to buy things for himself:
That's almost unbelievable? Well the defendant was in a position of trust with the university, and he had access to certain accounts and he know how to get around certain procedures so he could steal the money.
Eaton, who helped move NKU from small time college sports to the top level Division One was fired in 2013.
Besides the theft, Eaton allegedly had improper relationships with three university women, two of whom worked for him, and with a student.
Although the sentence is ten years, under Kentucky law Eaton could be eligible for parole in a little more than one year.
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