TAMPA, Florida - A former USF Health librarian, who resigned amid allegations of using her university purchasing card to buy personal items, will face little criminal penalty after repaying for the items she stole.
As 10 News first reported in March, a university investigation indicated USF Health librarian Beverly Shattuck abused her "PCard" privileges. From 2010 to early 2012, she used her PCard and department Publix charge card to expense personal groceries, Southwest Airlines gift cards, iPads, cell phone bills, and personal storage units (read the July '12 report here).
But after the USF Police Department handed its investigation over to the State Attorney's Office, a deal was struck where Shattuck would make $7,785 in restitution to the university to cover most of the personal items she inappropriately purchased.
Shattuck will also enter a pre-trial diversion program, but no criminal charges will be filed. She will not be required to pay the university back the $11,028 she was overpaid for days she never worked, and because there was no conviction, her retirement benefits will remain in-tact.
Shattuck, one of the university's highest-paid employees in 2012 ($150,905 annual salary), was also one of its largest PCard users ($146,851 in FY'12) despite leaving the university with a third of the fiscal year remaining. She has since relocated to another state and 10 News has been unable to reach her.
The State Attorney's Office wouldn't comment on the case since it remains "open" and neither USF Health nor USF officials comment on personnel issues.
But USF, which made $42 million in PCard purchases last year, has added numerous oversights to the program since 10 News ran its initial story and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee sent a letter asking what the university has done to address numerous PCard problems. Stiffer penalties, tighter restrictions, and more intense training are among the oversights the university has initiated.
"We're always in the process of improving," USF Chief Operating Officer John Long told 10 News in March. "We never stop and rest on our laurels."
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