Second University of Florida housing official arrested as stolen money rises to $470K

Stina Schoneck. Credit: Alachua County Jail

A second University of Florida official has been arrested after authorities say she and the former housing director embezzled as much as $470,000 from the school over 15 months.

Stina Schoneck, a former associate director of financial services in Housing and Residence Education, was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand larceny of more than $100,000. A UF spokeswoman says Schoneck has been fired, along with three other employees who have not been charged.

An affidavit says the 39-year-old Schonek and Azfar Mian, the former senior director of housing, opened an account in February of 2016 and deposited multiple checks from vendors into that account. The affidavit says Schonek and Mian, the only ones with access to the account, withdrew anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000 at a time, for a total of $470,000. It says Mian withdrew $61,000 in March 2017 alone.

Police arrested the 41-year-old Mian on Sept. 18 after an investigation found he spent more than $180,000 in school money to buy furniture and electronics.

"Violating the trust and authority inherent in their positions, Schoneck and Mian colluded to circumvent asset protection controls in place at the university," spokeswoman Janine Sikes said in a prepared statement. "Specifically, they opened a bank account, re-directed and deposited legitimate checks from third-party vendors received by UF Housing and then withdrew cash for their personal use."

Sikes said three other employees, Jennifer Andrews, Dirk Smith and Curtis Harris have been fired in the last month.

Sikes said the investigation is ongoing.

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