Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to several university workers. NIU employees working at a campus physical plant allegedly sold scrap metal to a local company which would write checks to an account known as the "coffee fund." NIU spokesman Paul Palian says the university police department is looking into the matter:
"There is currently an investigation underway. It was launched Friday afternoon."
Electronic records show checks from the DeKalb Iron and Metal Company to the fund have totaled more than 13-thousand dollars since 2005. School officials say they have no record of such a fund. A spokesperson for DeKalb Iron and Metal Company could not be reached.
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