A former math instructor and grant administrator at Fort Peck Community College has pleaded guilty to using nearly $20,000 in grant money to fund personal travel during times he claimed to be traveling to work-related training and meetings.
Jerome Bruce Seaman of Poplar pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Great Falls on Tuesday to theft from an Indian tribal organization receiving federal grants. Sentencing is set for March 18.
Prosecutors alleged the 61-year-old Seaman submitted false hotel receipts and other records for 12 personal trips he took between December 2009 and March 2011. He was paid nearly $9,700 in wages for the trips - pay to which he was not entitled while taking what prosecutors say amounted to unauthorized personal leave.