Theft, in its purist form, is accomplished in many ways. Sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $109,057 in restitution, 63 year old James Jarrett Glass – former professor at the University of North Texas – found out the hard way that every choice has a consequence.
According to information presented in court, Glass was a tenured professor with the University of North Texas and served as Director of the University of North Texas’ Survey Research Center (SRC) between 1993 and 2006, during which time he used the SRC’s resources, specifically its computer-assisted telephone system, professional staff, and student employees, to perform research for his own private consulting companies. Glass charged third parties over $328,000 for the work his private companies were performing using SRC resources, work that cost the University over $175,000.
You look at all these numbers; trying to compute the actual loss is hard to do,” UNT Police Chief Richard Dieter said. “From the police perspective, we believe that the sentence is appropriate and the restitution addresses the potential losses that the university was able to determine. It addresses the conflict of interest and his use of the university’s resources inappropriately.”
Every choice has a consequence. As a white collar crime and business ethics speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Glass avoided the consequences for a time – he did not avoid the consequences all together. Prison is no fun and will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities. You do reap what you sow.
If anyone reading has any background on Glass or worked for him as a researcher and may know his motivation for his acts – feel free to comment as I study the behaviors and backgrounds of those convicted of white collar crime.
White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…