NIU probes existence of a secret ‘coffee fund’
August 7, 2012 10:22AM
Updated: September 8, 2012 6:17AM
DEKALB — Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to university employees.
NIU employees working at a campus physical plant allegedly sold scrap metal to a local company, which would write checks to an account for university employees known as the “coffee fund.”
That’s according to a story published in The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle. The newspaper reports that electronic records show checks from the DeKalb Iron and Metal Co. to the fund have totaled more than $13,000 since 2005. The single biggest payout in the past five years was $778 for 5,560 pounds of galvanized clips that were delivered in March.
School officials say they have no record of such a fund. NIU spokeswoman Kathryn Buettner said they’ll open an investigation.