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Former Fairmont State University Administrator Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

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Former Fairmont State University vice president David Tamm has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and filing a false tax return.

David Tamm, 45 of Parkersburg, will be sentenced later this year for using a state-issued purchasing card to buy more than 300 computer switches from an electronics company, along with other electronics. He was indicted in Dec. 2013

Investigators estimate that Tamm made $650,000 from the scheme. Tamm admitted that he stole money from Fairmont State University between Oct. 2007 and Jan. 2013. He also admitted to filing a false tax return to the Internal Revenue Service by underreporting his salary in 2012. It was alleged in June 2013 that Tamm purchased his Bridgeport home with proceeds from the scheme.  U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II., said Tamm purchased many high end cars with the money he embezzled from FSU.

Tamm is free on bond. He will be sentenced at a later date.

If you have information about public corruption in your community, you can call the West Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 1-855-WVA-FEDS (1-855-982-3337) or to send an e-mail to