Audit finds that New Jersey college president abused school funds

An audit of almost three years of expense reports has found that the former president of Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County, New Jersey repeatedly billed the school for personal expenses including travel, alcohol, and clothing, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Brookdale is considering legal action against former president Peter Burnham – as well as its chief financial officer and former auditing company – as part of a recovery audit.

"Peter Burnham abused his position…and covered up his actions through deceit," said Howard Birdsall, chairman of the college's board of trustees, according to the news source.

The audit – which is 91 pages long – lists charges such as a $1,300 vacation to Arizona, $53 in drinks at a steakhouse in Philadelphia, and more than $100 in golf clothing that was purchased in Maine.

Burnham, who had been president of the college for two decades, recently resigned after being placed on unpaid leave.

The president of New Jersey's Gloucester County College also recently resigned amid similar allegations, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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