FAMU faculty arrested for fraudulent travel claims

Florida A&M Universities Director of university Events, Tammy Hamlet, faces eight counts of fraudulent per diem and travel expenses.

She turned herself into the Leon County Jail Monday after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement discovered discrepancies in her submissions for reimbursement of travel vouchers between July 2010 and June 2011, totaling over $1821.

FDLE spokesperson Gretl Plessinger said the charges stemmed from an ongoing financial investigation that began following the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion at the request of Florida Governor Rick Scott.

“This arrest is related to that case,” said Plessinger, who added that the financial investigation of FAMU would be wrapping up within a few weeks.

Hamlet, who was employed at FAMU for nearly eight years, told investigators “she is familiar with the travel reimbursement process, but never completed her own travel reimbursement forms and believed the discrepancies were just oversights or mistakes.”

She told investigators she delegated the process to assistant Darrin Williams, who completed her travel vouchers using hand written vouchers from Hamlet.


Interim President Larry Robinson said in a statement, “As a result of Mrs. Hamlet’s arrest, the university will take appropriate actions related to this matter.”
Hamlet was released on her own recognizance.