LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Stephanie Carpenter, a former administrative support associate with the University of Kentucky College of Education, was indicted by a grand jury.

The Lexington Herald-Leader is reporting Carpenter allegedly spent $256,000 on authorized purchases over a three-year period.

According to a 2020 internal audit, Carpenter was said to have spent nearly $243,000 on 84 phones, 55 MacBooks, and 22 iPads from April 2017 through March 2020.

Carpenter was not the only employee to reportedly use University resources to make personal purchases. According to the audit, Derita Graves, a former employee in the Educational Leadership Department, spent nearly $1,000 on personal expenditures.

“Their conduct would not have been possible, however, were it not for demonstrably poor business practices in the CoE (College of Education) that allowed this activity to proceed, without suspect, for nearly three years — essentially SC’s (Stephanie Carpenter) entire tenure. These vulnerabilities included inadequate separation of duties related to procard purchases and insufficient reconciliation practices that were exacerbated by a lack of oversight by both the departmental management and CoE administration.” the audit said.

Carpenter was suspended on March 13, 2020 before officially resigning on March 17, following an investigation into her conduct.

According to the Herald-Leader, Carpenter is due back in court on May 18 at 10 a.m.