NEW DETAILS: State’s AG office says Alabama A&M chief operating officer forged $6,500 receipt for moving expenses
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The chief operating officer for Alabama A&M has been arrested and charged with theft and possession of a forged instrument.
Kevin Rolle, who is also the university’s executive vice president, was indicted in connection with a state investigation concerning Alabama A&M finances.
He was booked into the Madison County Jail on Saturday morning and released on $5,000 bond.
The university announced Saturday afternoon that Rolle has been placed on administrative leave.
Monday afternoon the Alabama Attorney General’s office provided WHNT News 19 with a copy of Rolle’s indictment. The indictment is dated Oct. 2.
The indictment contains an invoice that the government alleges was fraudulent. It appears to show the Two Men and a Truck moving company billed Rolle $6,534 for moving services from Spartanburg, S.C. to Madison in October 2009. The indictment alleges Rolle and/or an accomplice caused the invoice to be filed with a public office or employee, “with the knowledge that said instrument was forged.”
Rolle is also charged with theft by deception of currency worth more than $2,500.
A spokesman for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the AG’s office had no comment.
The allegation against Rolle centers around a dispute over more than $6,000 he received as a reimbursement for moving expenses after he moved to Huntsville in 2009 to work for the university.
State auditors claimed earlier this year Rolle had been paid $6,534 to cover moving expenses, but they could find no moving company records related to the move.
Alabama A&M initially said Rolle should not have been reimbursed. The university told auditors Rolle had repaid the money in January. But the university later changed its position. In a response to the state audit the university included an invoice from a moving company for the amount in question.
Alabama A&M also included statements from two people claiming they were present when the moving truck arrived from Spartanburg, S.C.
The statements were from the assistant to Alabama A&M President Andrew Hugine and an executive with Aramark, a company that has a number of service contracts with the university.
Gov. Robert Bentley questioned the university about moving expenses among other issues in a June letter. The Governor asked the university to provide the “front and back” of the check to pay the movers or the reimbursement check to Rolle. The Governor also asked for a copy of the check Rolle gave the university for his repayment.
Bentley also questioned why an Aramark representative was at Rolle’s house on the day of the mover’s arrival.
Alabama A&M released the following statement in response to Rolle’s arrest on Saturday:
“In accordance with University policies concerning matters of this nature, Alabama A&M University has placed executive vice president Dr. Kevin A. Rolle on administrative leave.
Dr. Rolle is a capable, valued member of our administrative team. We are confident that once the judicial process has run its course, he will be found innocent of the charges laid out against him and this matter will be completely resolved.
We know this process will be an extremely difficult time for Dr. Rolle and his family. They will be in our thoughts and prayers and we wish them well throughout this trying time.”