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Co-worker of CWU fundraiser alleges boss knew about misspending

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- There is new information tonight about the events that led to the resignation of a former Central Washington University employee after her misuse of company credit cards.

A former co-worker of Julie Cloninger tells us that her boss knew about the misspending for a year-and-a-half, but did nothing about it.

The source, who asked not to be identified, claims Paul Baker, Vice President for University Relations, knew that Cloninger was misusing the credit card, when he promoted her to Assistant Vice President for University Relations in 2007.

The source says she worked closely with Baker and Cloninger, and tells us Baker kept the misuse under-cover until he was confronted by employees at the foundation.

"Only when he was confronted and said we're going to the media, we have documentation, we are going to the media, did he do anything about it," said the former coworker.

University officials tell us Cloninger resigned recently, but would not elaborate. We have learned that Cloninger, in fact, resigned on Tuesday.

We also found that Cloninger resigned suddenly in 2004 from Heritage University where she worked in a similar position for 2 years. Heritage University would not comment on the circumstances of her resignation.

We attempted to reach Paul Baker, but the university says only human resources can comment on the matter.

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