Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Scott Eaton on Thursday pleaded guilty to theft charges in Campbell Circuit Court.
Eaton will be sentenced next month. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
Eaton has agreed to pay more than $300,000 that he stole.
"Not only is he cooperating, he brought this matter to the attention of the university. [He] sat down with their lawyers, sat down with their auditors and walked them through this," said Benjamin Dunsing of BGD Law.
NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns said last year that the bulk of the money missing came from the purchase of $262,106 in Kroger gift cards with a university credit card that were then used for personal use.
The accountants also found that Eaton misused another $49,000 by purchasing gift cards at other stores to use for personal use, returning items for store credit, falsifying receipts and using university printing and mailing services to support his activities in the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association.
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