University of Florida housing director accused of stealing more than $180,000 from school
The University of Florida's senior director of housing was arrested today after authorities say he spent more than $180,000 in school money to buy furniture and electronics.
UF Police charged 41-year-old Azfar Mian with grand theft after obtaining a search warrant for his Micanopy home this morning. University spokesperson Janine Sikes said five university employees who worked under Mian have also been placed on administrative leave for potential involvement. Sykes said Mian made $170,000 a year.
A report released Monday afternoon says Mian told detectives he was "storing" the items for the university and offered to pay restitution. He was then arrested and put on trespass notice. It wasn't immediately clear Monday if Mian has an attorney.
The report the university started investigating Mian in April after they received several reports that several employees in the housing department were using department funds for private gain. The school says the investigation is still ongoing but that the audit discovered "gross misconduct" by Mian. Investigators say he spent more than $180,000 using his assigned purchasing credit card.
Here's what the audit found, according to the report:
- $44,910 in fraudulent furniture purchases
- $44,108 in miscellaneous items, including Internet, electricity and seven cell phones
- $37,171 in fraudulent electronics purchases
- $24,800 in fraudulent household items
- $16,308 in reimbursed lunches claimed to be for business
- $1,798 in FedEx purchases
The report says Mian used his purchasing card to buy a dining set from Furniture Kingdom in 2016 and wrote the items were for an "advisor residence." The report says there are four advisor residences on the campus but the set would not fit in any of them. A witness told deputies they saw the dining set in Mian's home. The report says they also found pictures of the furniture on Mian's wife Facebook page. The pictures also showed several other items purchased with the school's credit card, the report says.
This is a developing story. Check back with CBS 4 Gainesville as more details become available.