Sept. 26, 2007
By George Mauzy
After pleading guilty July 26 to one count of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony, former Ohio University Department of Athletics employee Robert Andrey was sentenced Tuesday in Athens County Common Pleas Court.
Judge Alan Goldsberry sentenced Andrey to two days in jail, 100 hours of community service and five years' probation. He also was ordered to pay a $750 fine and court costs. The Ohio Adult Parole Authority had recommended a sentence of 15 days in jail and 200 hours of community service.
Goldsberry said Andrey could transfer the conditions of his sentence to New Jersey, his current state of residence. The judge warned him that any violation of probation could result in more serious sanctions, which could include additional jail time.
Andrey pleaded guilty in July to misusing a university-issued credit card and misappropriating department funds. He paid $31,075.82 in restitution to the university. Prior to that, he resigned as associate athletics director for business and internal operations, effective June 30.
Before being sentenced, a tearful Andrey told the court, "I plan on taking this incident and using it to shape my decision-making processes in the future. My entire life I have preached character, honesty and integrity, but over the last year, I have thrown it all away. Forgive me for what I've done."
The university's Internal Audit Office received an anonymous tip June 6 that Andrey may have misused his purchasing card. The office brought the preliminary findings of its investigation to Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt.
The findings then were turned over to the Ohio University Police Department, which found evidence that Andrey misappropriated funds generated by parking fees on game days and falsified documents related to those funds. Investigators also discovered Andrey forged Hocutt's signature on purchasing request documents.