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Staff member booked on charges of grand theft
STANFORD -- A Stanford University staff member, the subject of a two-month-long investigation into allegations of theft, turned herself in to Stanford police at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, authorities said.
Sgt. Rick Enberg of the Stanford Police Department said Rolanda Fields, 23, of Fremont, gave herself up after receving a letter from Enberg asking her to do so.
Fields was booked into the Santa Clara County Women's Detention Facility in Milpitas on charges of grand theft. A half-time employee, Fields allegedly manipulated payroll records over the past year so that she received about $14,000 more in paychecks than she should have, Enberg said.
The investigation began Aug. 17 at the request of Fields' employer, the Office of Development. Fields has been terminated from her position.
A statement from the Office of Development read, in part, "The money was obtained via the payroll system and there is no evidence of any irregularity in the accounts related to donations to the university."
Arraignment was pending. Enberg said Fields could face additional charges, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
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