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The University of Texas School of Law is working to boost its financial oversight after an internal audit found that an ex-employee embezzled nearly $1.6 million.

Former facilities director Jason Shoumaker resigned in 2017 after questions arose about questionable spending at the law school. He was arrested in May of 2018 and indicted later that year on charges of of theft, money laundering and abusing his official capacity. An audit conducted by the university and an outside law firm found that the law school ignored warning signs, failing to flag unusually large payments to vendors or tracking whether paid services were actually delivered.

Law dean Ward Farnsworth apologized to the law school community in a Sept. 13 email, saying the school is in the process or has already implemented the 17 recommendations issued in the auditor’s report, as well as some additional steps.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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