The Northern Illinois University “coffee fund” investigation has come to an end with a plea agreement this week with the last of nine original defendants.
Kenneth Pugh, 57, director of NIU’s Materials Management department, was one of three supervisors who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for their roles in the case.
Charges against six of the nine NIU employees charged with felonies were dismissed. Seven of the defendants have returned to work at NIU and one more is expected to return soon. One retired before charges were filed
Lawrence Murray will pay NIU $4,000 by Aug. 19 under a misdemeanor plea agreement finalized Monday.
According to the Daily Chronicle, Murray -- who had been Manager of Property Control for Northern Illinois University -- pleaded guilty to violation of the State Property Control Act, a Class B misdemeanor with punishable by less than six months in the county jail.
Charges have been dropped against one of Northern Illinois University’s top financial officials. University controller Keith Jackson was charged last year with two felonies and one misdemeanor related to the so-called “coffee fund” scandal.
Police Chief Don Grady continued to draw a salary after he was placed on leave in November. His salary at the time was around $205,987.92. Grady and another officer were accused of withholding evidence in a sexual assault case. The charges for that case were initially dropped, but have been re-filed.