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Former Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Over $223,000 from the Dartmouth College Student Newspaper

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

CONCORD – A Florida woman and former resident of Springfield, Vermont, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Concord to embezzling over $223,000 from The Dartmouth (“The D”), which is the daily student newspaper at Dartmouth College, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Nicole Chambers, 40, pleaded guilty to wire fraud.  U.S. District Court Landya B. McCafferty scheduled sentencing for August 12, 2024.

Chambers was the office manager for The D between 2012 and 2021.  In her role, Chambers had full access to The D’s finances, including its bank account, PayPal and Venmo accounts, and debit card. From April 2017 - September 2021, Chambers stole money from The D.  She primarily used her access to The D’s PayPal accounts to make unauthorized transfers to accounts she controlled.  She also made unauthorized transfers from The D’s Venmo account and made unauthorized purchases on the newspaper’s debit card. 

In total, Chambers stole $223,372.51 from The D.  She misused the funds on personal expenses, including over $20,000 on personal trips.  Chambers also misspent approximately $2,000 of The D’s money to pay fees associated with her husband’s court case in Newport (Rhode Island) County Superior Court. 

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation.  The Hanover Police Department and Grafton County Attorney’s Office provided valuable assistance.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander S. Chen is prosecuting the case.  



Updated April 30, 2024

Financial Fraud