A former California college dean who blew up tens of thousands of dollars on unreasonable travel expenses – including premium airfares and gourmet parties – is currently under investigation, according to a report.
Michael Schroder, former dean of advanced studies at Cal State San Marcos, is under investigation by the San Diego District Attorney, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Sunday, citing university officials.
Schroder was fired from university in February 2020 after the newspaper reported at least $ 41,000 in improper spending he accumulated between July 2017 and June 2019, including attending a Guns N’Roses concert and NFL Game he billed as an official college business.
The former dean was among several administrators at Cal State San Marcos who spent more than $ 300,000 on travel while on college business between 2017 and 2019, the newspaper reported in Fall 2019.
Documents showed Schroder, former President Karen Haynes, and other Cal State San Marcos officials were losing up to $ 700 a night at a resort and hiring private drivers while billing the school for fine dining and alcohol, the reported Union Tribune.
Records show Schroder booked stays at hotels miles from his university-approved travel destinations – and made dozens of fraudulent claims, filed duplicate expense reports, and received inappropriate reimbursements, according to an audit published in February 2020.
“We justified all the allegations”, the examination of the Chancellery of the CSU found.
All fraudulent spending was approved by other administrators, according to newspaper analysis of Cal State San Marcos travel reports.
Schroder, who was hired in 2011, was partly charged with promoting the enrollment of foreign students and was on the road for 127 days between August 2017 and July 2019, records show.
He charged the university for stays at the Ritz-Carlton and other luxury hotels, and dined several times at Vigilucci in Encinitas, California, where he drank a $ 130 chilled seafood platter, the newspaper reported.
Schroder is also asked to reimburse the expenses, but a spokeswoman for the university declined to provide the requested amount.
“We are working closely with the prosecutor and look forward to the successful conclusion of the investigation,” said spokeswoman Margaret Chantung of the newspaper in an email.
Schroder, who has declined previous interview requests, could not be reached for comment last week, the Union-Tribune reported. Karlovy Vary opened a global strategy consulting practice in February 2020, as his LinkedIn profile shows.
A spokesman for the prosecution declined to comment on possible cases.
The CSU Chancellery did not say why its audit was limited to Schroder’s expenses, the Union-Tribune reported. Ellen Neufeldt, president of Cal State San Marcos, filed for internal investigation after taking over Haynes in July 2019.
Neufeldt said the review examined the travel expenses of the Vice Presidents and Haynes for the 2018-19 school year and found some procedural violations but no criminal misconduct, the Union-Tribune reported.