A man who pleaded guilty to defrauding an MU fraternity was sentenced Monday to two years in prison by a federal court in Jefferson City.

Burt Beard, 63, of Kirksville pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in September 2017 on charges that he embezzled more than $380,000 from the MU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon over a seven-year period.

He worked as a volunteer treasurer for the MU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon from 2000-2014. Beard was responsible for all of the fraternity house's finances, including paying vendors and collecting rent checks. From 2008-2014, he wrote at least 150 checks to himself.

In addition to two years in prison, Beard must serve three* years of supervised probation and pay back the money he stole from the fraternity.

Suspicions arose in 2014 when Beard would not give a newly appointed treasurer access to the fraternity's bank account. Before eventually giving the new treasurer access, Beard transferred $50,000 to a new account he had created. After gaining access to the fraternity bank account, the new treasurer saw that Beard had written several checks to himself.

  • Spring 2018 advanced reporter covering the Community beat. I am a final-semester senior studying print and digital reporting. Reach me at hannahblack@mail.missouri.edu, and follow me on Twitter @hannahcblack.

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