The former director of a nonprofit that represents Arizona college students will be able to shorten his time behind bars if he repays a large chunk of stolen funds before he gets sentenced Nov. 7.
Maceo Brown admitted Thursday in a plea hearing that he stole $139,926 from a credit card company and the Arizona Students’ Association, a group that is funded by a $1 fee assessed to each student attending an Arizona university. Founded in 1974, the association represents Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona students in statewide matters, including the Legislature and Board of Regents.
If Brown pays back $60,000 by sentencing, he will serve 15 months in prison. Otherwise, he could serve up to three years and nine months, said Andrea Esquer, spokeswoman for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
He’ll have eight years to pay back the rest.
Brown pleaded guilty to theft and forgery, according to court documents.
Judge James Keppel of Maricopa County Superior Court ordered Brown, 32, into jail after his guilty plea, Esquer said.
A press release on the association’s Web site said it had also reached a settlement with Brown in a lawsuit that was filed after his Jan. 29 resignation.
The association’s lawyer could not be reached late Friday.