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SUNY Canton/Potsdam VP indicted for allegedly stealing from Georgia college

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The vice president for business affairs and administration at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam has been indicted on charges in Georgia alleging that she and others stole numerous items from a college there, according to a published report.

Natalie L. Higley, who was hired as joint chief financial officer serving both campuses in 2012 and earns a $155,500 annual salary, is charged, along with three others, with four counts each of theft by receiving stolen property and theft by taking, two counts each of theft by conversion and making a false statement and one count of violating the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act, according to a report published Wednesday on the Bainbridge, Ga., Post-Searchlight’s website.

The report states that between January 2006 and January 2013, Ms. Higley allegedly participated with other employees of Bainbridge State College in stealing a tractor, a golf cart, an ice machine, two portable storage buildings, an electric hand saw, a table saw, an office table, a laptop bag and lumber from the college, where Ms. Higley served five years as vice president of business affairs.

Joseph K. Mulholland, district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial District, was not available for comment Wednesday.

Interim SUNY Potsdam President Dennis C. Hefner and acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman issued a joint statement Wednesday stating they are aware of the allegations against Ms. Higley, but “are awaiting further information” before commenting further. Her employment status at the colleges has not changed.

Ms. Higley was selected from 53 applicants in June 2012 to fill the newly created position that consolidated the duties of the colleges’ chief financial officer, with her time and salary being evenly split between the two campuses.

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