Former Baruch basketball coach pleads guilty to embezzlement

January 17, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York Baruch College basketball coach and athletic department official has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the Manhattan school.

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the guilty plea by 43-year-old Machli Joseph, of Elizabeth, New Jersey on Wednesday.

Leahy Scott says Joseph embezzled the money between 2010 and 2016 by renting school athletic facilities to outside parties and keeping the proceeds. She says the funds were spent on personal expenses, including renovations to his New Jersey home.

Joseph faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in Manhattan federal court on April 17.

Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.