A former employee of Brigham Young University Financial Services - charged with second-degree theft and computer fraud - waived his preliminary hearing in 4th Circuit Court and will be bound over for arraignment in 4th District Court March 31.
Gary P. Hendry, 50, of Midway, made his first appearance in circuit court Monday before Judge Patrick McGuire.Court proceedings suggest that as much as $250,000 was taken from the university in a four-year period, but Utah County Attorney Steve Killpack said the exact amount is uncertain since audits are continuing. Hendry is accused of making false computer entries to conceal thefts.
"We are prepared to go to trial on the case, but we expect that there will be no trial and that Mr. Hendry will plead guilty based on the representation his attorney made to this office," Killpack said.
BYU Public Communications Director Paul Richards said Hendry resigned in December when the BYU Police filed charges with the Utah County attorney's office.
"The situation came to our attention in the fall. Once it became clear what was going on, he resigned," Richards said.
Both charges of theft and computer fraud are second-degree felonies that call for one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Killpack said there are other suspects in the case. "Over the course of the next two to three weeks, additional charges will be filed against other participants in the alleged fraudulent scheme."