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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A former UW-Milwaukee associate professor is accused of using University credit cards to buy and sell dozens of computers for personal gain.

CBS 58 is not naming the professor because he has not been charged yet.

Newly released court documents reveal a former UWM Associate Materials Science and Engineering Professor admits to selling 80-90 laptops using University credit cards and selling them for “personal gain.”

“It’s crazy,” Hunter Scherpereel, UWM Student, said. “I’m paying all kind of money to go to this University to find that a professor is using the University’s money to buy and sell laptops.”

The computer sales happened between 2009 and 2017. The professor told investigators he sold them for anywhere between $120 -$500 dollars on Craigslist.

In March, a UWM professor was charged with sexually assaulting a student last Spring and a lecturer was charged with possessing child porn.

“It’s awful,” Schpereel said. “ I think it’s doing all kinds of things for the reputation of this University and I don’t want to see that happen to the place where I’m getting my degree.”

CBS 58 did reach out to the University for comment and a spokesperson said they cannot “comment on personnel matters or pending legal cases.”

The professor no longer works at the university.

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