Former UCF employee accused of selling iPads bought with school's money



ORLANDO, Fla. - A University of Central Florida employee trusted to buy electronics and equipment with a school-issued credit card is now in trouble for allegedly buying extra items and selling them on eBay.

Brian Compton quit his job just before he was arrested.

The former UCF web developer had been an employee with the school for 11 years and called himself a “Free Range Genius” on his online resume.

According to reports, officials at the school became suspicious during an inventory report when Compton said he lost an iPad.

Reports said Compton charged as many as 22 electronics, mostly iPads, on the credit card.

“It’s not fair. He’s using school funds basically for his own gain,” said student Skyler Nocita.

When investigators matched up the serial numbers from items he purchased with UCF money to the items he sold on his eBay account, he was arrested.

“He’s not very good at hiding his tracks, apparently,” Nocita said.

A UCF spokesperson issued a response, saying, “UCF does not tolerate this type of behavior. The person is no longer with UCF.”

According to reports, Compton resigned before he could be fired and evidence indicates he could have been selling items since 2006.

“Obviously they weren’t paying enough attention. You would think that they would see that the funds were not being allocated correctly, so maybe they need to look into that,” Nocita said.

Police are still matching serial numbers from the items Compton purchases with UCF money, to the ones sold on eBay, which could result in more charges.