CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Darris Saylors, 32, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arraigned today in Cambridge District Court and charged with two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of false entry into corporate books, uttering a false writing and forgery of a document in connection with an alleged theft from Harvard Law School.
Judge Roanne Sragow released the defendant on personal recognizance. The next scheduled hearing in this case is Thursday, April 20, 2017.
In November of 2013, an audit conducted by a Harvard University finance officer uncovered alleged discrepancies in spending on school-issued credit cards and with internal billing codes. Harvard University Police began an investigation into the unaccounted for purchases and allegedly traced them back to two Harvard Law School employees. The investigation revealed that the Darris Saylors had allegedly been using a Harvard University credit card to make purchases for items such as laptops, iPods and iPads for personal use through online websites like Amazon. The defendant would then allegedly enter false reasons for the expenses into a spreadsheet to account for her spending to conceal the unauthorized purchases. The defendant would also allegedly use internal billing codes to purchase technology equipment that purported to be for Harvard Law School, but instead was actually appropriated for personal use. The total amount of funds allegedly syphoned from Harvard Law School by Darris Saylors is believed to be approximately $47,793.
Darris Saylors’ employment with Harvard Law School ended in November of 2013.
A second defendant, Margaret DeMarco, 33, of Chelsea, is charged with two counts of larceny over $250 in connection with the alleged fraud and is scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. DeMarco’s employment with Harvard Law School ended in November of 2013.
Harvard University Police and Harvard Law School brought the investigation to the attention of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Cyrus Chung.