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Former UA prof gets probation for defrauding school

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 19:25:06-05

A former professor at the University of Arizona was sentenced to six months of probation on Monday for defrauding the school

John A. Marchello, who worked for the school for about 50 years before retiring, originally faced 10 felony counts in 2014 after police raided his offices at the UA meat lab, where students sold butchered livestock at the agriculture center on Campbell.

Marchello was accused of redirecting thousands of dollars from the enterprise into personal accounts. 

Court officials say Marchello will not have to submit to drug or alcohol testing and is not ordered to complete any type of counseling. 

He was also ordered to pay $83,000 in restitution to the UA. 

Marchello originally pled guilty to theft of property services, a class four felony, committed on or about January 1, 2013 through November 30, 2014.