Columbia U. staffer charged in $6M theft scheme

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 5:31 PM
Columbia U. staffer charged in $6M theft scheme

A Columbia University finance worker has been charged with helping to steal almost $6 million from the university.

Moise (moh-ee-SZAY') Jean-Paul was being held on $500,000 bond Thursday after his arraignment Tuesday on a grand larceny charge. Three non-employees were charged earlier in the case.

Jean-Paul's lawyer hasn't returned a call seeking comment.

A court complaint says the 32-year-old Jean-Paul illicitly routed payments into a bank account controlled by George Castro, accused of being the scheme's mastermind. The complaint says some of the stolen money was transferred into online brokerage accounts controlled by Castro and co-defendants Walter Stephens Jr. and Jeremy Dieudonne (dee-uh-dohn-NAY').

Castro, Stephens and Dieudonne have pleaded not guilty.

A Columbia spokesman has declined to comment.

The New York Post ( http://nyp.st/rsdh4G) first reported Jean-Paul's arrest.