More than $500,000 missing from nursing school

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 9:36 a.m. CDT; updated 10:38 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating the suspected embezzlement of more than $500,000 from St. John's College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Police Maj. Kevin Routh said Tuesday that no arrests have been made, but investigators have identified a suspect. St. John's spokeswoman Cora Scott confirmed that an investigation was under way and one St. John's employee has been fired.

The nursing school is operated in partnership with Southwest Baptist University.

Routh declined to describe how the money appears to have been stolen or whether the case was similar to other recent embezzlement cases.

Republic police say they are investigating the same suspect for thefts from the Republic Parent Teacher Organization. Sgt. David Asher said an arrest has been made, and the case could be submitted to Greene County prosecutors Wednesday.


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