Looks like things didn't end up all sunshine and margaritas for former Nashville Pride president Jason Hunt and his partner, Cole Wakefield. The duo fled to Mexico and opened a Puerto Vallarta nightclub after embezzling over $600,000 from Hunt's employer, Vanderbilt University, but the fiesta has turned into a longterm jail cell siesta after Hunt was arrested in Arkansas.
Hunt had served Vanderbilt in a variety of roles since 2005, most recently as manager of administrative services for the university's law school.
Mr. Hunt is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000,000 bond.
Hunt abruptly left his position at Vanderbilt in late October and resigned as president on Nashville Pride. He and partner Cole Wakefield moved to Mexico and reemerged last month as co-owners of Crema, a nightclub located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico...
Representatives from Nashville Pride offered no comment when reached by phone.
Nashville Pride may not have given a statement, but you know someone was scrambling to check the books after that phone call. No word on whether or not Hunt took money from the organization too.
In October of 2009, prominent Iowa LGBT activist Phyllis Stevens and her partner, former contributor Marla Stevens, were arrested for embezzling over $5.9 million from one of the women's employers. Both are currently incarcerated.
(Photo courtesy of Montgomery County, Arkansas Sheriff's Office)