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The former Fairmont State University vice president who admitted to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funds and falsifying his 2012 tax return could face a decade or more in prison.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said David A. Tamm, 45, used his state-issued purchasing card to purchase hundreds of computer switches, which he resold. He also used the card to buy high-end electronics for his personal use.

Tamm, who had been chief information officer at FSU, admitted that from October 2007 until January 2013 he dipped school funding, including money intended for federal education grants. He also admitted to under reporting his income in 2012.

"(He) took money belonging to one of our state universities and then used it to purchase a beautiful home, luxury automobiles, and expensive jewelry for his wife," Ihlenfeld said. "This is another case of someone abusing a position of trust to live a lifestyle otherwise unobtainable on one's salary alone."

Tamm appeared before U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley in Clarksburg.

Ilhenfeld said he faces up to 10 years in federal prison on the embezzling charge and three years for the tax evasion.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Cogar and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations and Fairmont State University Police.