SACRAMENTO -- A former student employee at Sacramento State is accused of embezzling more than $5,000.
Students on campus Sunday were pretty shocked to hear about the accusations, many saying they’re surprised to hear a student employee was able to pull off stealing thousands of dollars from an organization meant to help the college community.
Sac State spokesman Brian Blomster says Rossmeri Ramirez is accused of embezzling more the money from the Dreamers Resource Center.
Blomster says the university was first notified by a Wells Fargo fraud team back in January, that several checks made out to Sac State were deposited into Ramirez’s personal account.
“I feel like this whole thing could go under the radar, like you said, $5,000 being embezzled, it kind of shows how easily something can go undetected,” said freshman Grant Hicks.
Blomster says the money was supposed to be used for DRC’s emergency funds and an upcoming conference.
“Taking from an organization that is meant for giving other people the money, the profit, it doesn’t make sense to me,” sophomore Janelle Yang said.
Bolmster says the investigation has been turned over to the district attorney’s office.
He says campus police initially tried to get Ramirez in for questioning, but she declined a formal request.
“I think it’s good that the school found out and although it’s only $5,000 it’s good the school found out about this early on,” freshman Sidney Smith said.
While students say they’re happy Ramirez was caught, they’re hoping more is done to prevent this from happening again.
Bolmster says there are procedures in place for handling university resources. He says security procedures already in place at the university ultimately worked in this case.