TAMPA, Florida - A former USF Health librarian, who resigned amid allegations ofusing her university purchasing card to buy personal items, will face little criminal penalty after repaying for the items she stole.
As 10 News firstreported 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 theUSF Police Departmenthandedits 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 employeesin 2012 ($150,905 annual salary), was alsoone of its largest PCard users ($146,851 in FY'12) despite leaving the university with a third of the fiscal year remaining. Shehas since relocated to another state and 10 News has been unable to reach her.
The State Attorney's Office wouldn't comment on the casesince 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 since10 Newsran its initial story and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee sent a letterasking 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 Longtold 10News in March. "We never stop and rest on our laurels."