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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:57 PM

Ex-Dean of St. John’s, on Trial for Stealing Over $1 Million, Is Found Dead at Home [View all]

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Source: New York Times

Edited to change the main article report from the NY Post to the NY Times:

Hers was the kind of rise through the academic ranks that could have epitomized the American dream, if not for the way she crashed. Fresh from Taiwan in 1975, she enrolled at St. John’s University as a student in Asian studies, becoming a dean in just five years and, soon after, winning the ear of the university’s top echelon as she raised more than $20 million for the school.

But the dean, Cecilia Chang, fought her way up driven by the same ambition and greed that would pull her down, accused of stealing more than $1 million from the school and using foreign scholarship students as her personal servants, prosecutors said during a three-week trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn.

Hours after Dr. Chang took the stand in a desperate attempt to try to explain her actions, she was found dead in her multimillion-dollar home in Queens, one of the prizes of her swift ascent. Investigators said they believed she had committed suicide.

Dr. Chang’s lawyers had tried to reach her on Tuesday, and when they could not, they called her son and suggested he call the police. He did, and officers entered the home and discovered her body.

below is the NY Post article:

On Monday, she dug her own grave. On Tuesday, she jumped in it.

Disgraced St. John’s University dean Cecilia Chang, 59, was found dangling by the neck from a stereo cord tied to the attic folding stairs in her Jamaica Estates home yesterday.

Her shocking suicide came one day after the accused embezzler catastrophically took the stand in her own defense against forced-labor and tax-evasion charges in Brooklyn federal court, defying the advice of her own legal team.

Instead, Chang essentially conceded to jurors that she’d lied on tax returns and to the FBI about some $1 million she was accused of embezzling from the Queens Catholic university — and her sometimes loud, defensive testimony was repeatedly interrupted by the judge’s admonitions, courtroom laughter and her own contentious shouts of “No!”


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/nyregion/cecilia-chang-ex-dean-of-st-johns-found-dead.html

Sad end, no matter she what had done.

+RIP Dean Cecilia Chang

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