MU fires College of Engineering tax officer, launches criminal investigation | Central Missouri News

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The MU College of Engineering fired its chief fiscal officer over financial mismanagement issues which also sparked an investigation by the university’s police department.

Brandon Guffey, the college’s director of financial services, was fired by the university in a decision announced Friday to the engineering faculty and staff.

In the message, Dean of Engineering Noah Manring wrote that “the material has been turned over to the MU Police Department and they are investigating.”

On Tuesday afternoon, all MU faculty and staff received a message from Michelle Piranio, MU’s chief audit and compliance officer, alerting them to both Guffey’s dismissal and an “internal audit and criminal investigation” in progress which extends beyond the engineering school.

That email said certain employees “with access to relevant system information may be placed on administrative leave or have their job responsibilities changed temporarily to help ensure a proper investigation.” An additional employee has been furloughed, according to the email.

Guffey’s salary was $132,317.76 for the 2020-21 academic year, according to University of Missouri payroll records. He could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Piranio thanked an unspecified person for alerting the university system to concerns about financial mismanagement that prompted the investigation and audit while encouraging others to provide information.

“It is important that we all do whatever is necessary to ensure that university resources are protected and used to advance our educational, teaching, research and outreach missions,” Piranio wrote.

According to the email, anyone with relevant information can contact MUPD Detective Ross Turley at 573-884-4495 or UM Investigator Shawn Hogan at 573-882-1164. Anonymous reports can also be made to the Unified Messaging System Integrity and Accountability Hotline at 1-866-447-9821.

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