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Former St. John’s dean killed herself: Reports

Cecilia Chang speaks with her lawyer in 2010. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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A former dean at St. John’s University who was on trial for allegedly embezzling $1 million from the school was found dead in her Jamaica Estates home Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, the New York Post reported.

Police found the body of a 59-year-old Asian woman at Chang’s home around 7:38 a.m., according to the NYPD. Authorities were still waiting for the family to identify the body, although the Post reported Chang had hanged herself.

The police said no foul play was suspected in the ongoing investigation.

Chang was fired after 30 years at St. John’s when a 2009 audit uncovered suspicious charges to expense accounts and university-issued credit cards. She was charged in a 205-count indictment of grand larceny, forgery and falsifying business documents.

She took the stand Monday in her trial at federal court in Brooklyn.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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