Former St. John’s Dean Cecilia Chang was ousted from her post last year after it was discovered that she embezzled about $1 million in donations.
Yeah, that’s pretty bad… but it gets worse. Recent allegations have led to Chang being charged with forced labor and bribery after it was reported she may have treated former students as slaves.
Chang allegedly had students deliver her money when she was gambling in Connecticut, drive her son to the airport and help her to falsify documents.
Why would any student be at Chang’s calling? Well, maybe the fact that she could decide if they went to school or not for free had something to do with it.
The New York Times reports that Chang was in charge of granting 15 scholarships annually, most of which went to overseas students. Told that they must work for the university in order to maintain their scholarships, students were surprised to find themselves at Chang’s beck and call. Via The Huffington Post
According to The Huffington Post, during her hearing, Chang did not enter a plea. Her bail stands at $1.5 million and if she is found guilty of the 205-count indictment she could be in prison for at least ten years.
You know the old saying, “With great power comes great…” No, no that was Spider-Man.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Yep, that’s it.
I can see how someone of her stature would want to go ahead and try something like this. Since the students were vying for scholarship monies, why would they go and tell someone about her transgressions, especially if they felt as though they were getting on her good side?
Hey, at least she didn’t have them give her manis and pedis. Judging by her photos, I’m just guessing that would be a bit gross.