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Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam
Natalie Higley, vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam. Photo provided by SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Canton, Potsdam vice president accused of theft

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The woman in charge of finances at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam has been indicted on theft charges in Georgia. Natalie Higley is charged with stealing from the state college where she used to work.

According to the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight newspaper, Natalie Higley and three other former employees of Bainbridge State College are accused of conspiring as a group to steal college property and then lying about it.

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In an indictment from a grand jury in Georgia Superior Court, the group is alleged to have stolen a Ford tractor, a golf cart, an ice machine and several other objects, with the intent to sell them.

Higley is currently the vice president for Business Affairs and Administration for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. She took on the joint position two years ago, splitting her time between the two campuses.

In a brief press release, the presidents of the two colleges said they are aware of the allegations and are awaiting more information. A spokesperson said Higley's employment status has not changed.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is handling the case. A GBI investigator did not return calls Wednesday. Bainbridge State College, near the Florida line, said in a statement to the newspaper that it "fully supports the investigation."

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