Duo charged with defrauding Vanderbilt also hit with forgery, rape charges

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 10:42am

The two men already indicted for stealing a reported $600,000 from Vanderbilt University pleaded not guilty this morning to a superseding indictment of 60 charges, including a combined 27 counts of aggravated statutory rape.

According to a Feb. 24 grand jury indictment, Jason Hunt, 34, and his partner, Samuel Wakefield, 30, are both charged with theft of more than $60,000 and fraudulent use of a credit card more than $60,000 to purchase “merchandise, food and drink, lodging, airfare, and other goods and services.”

In addition, Hunt is charged with 27 counts of forgery for check requests totaling more than $250,000. The checks “intended to defraud or harm” Vanderbilt University, according to the grand jury indictment.

Some of the checks were written to Wakefield and other individuals, while another was used to pay for a limousine service. An $8,400 check request to the Hard Rock Cafe was written on June 10, 2011.

Checks were also issued to the victims of the alleged aggravated statutory rape.

Hunt is charged with 11 counts of engaging in sex with two teenage minors in the summer of 2011. Wakefield is facing 16 of the same charges.

Assistant Public Defender Melissa Harrison, who is representing Wakefield, recently filed a motion to reduce his bond. A hearing for that motion will be set at a later date.

Hunt, 34, was previously the president of Nashville Pride, which organizes a local gay rights celebration every year. He and Wakefield moved to Mexico late last year and opened a nightclub, according to Out & About Newspaper. Hunt previously worked as an administrative services manager at Vanderbilt University Law School.

Hunt was arrested on Jan. 13 in Montgomery County, Ark. Wakefield was arrested less than a week later. They both remain in jail.