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Sandusky Cost Penn State Far More Than Reported

Audit says school paid or set aside $92.8M for 32 claims
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2015 8:27 AM CST

(Newser) – The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has cost Penn State far more than was previously reported—and the university could still dish out more. Though the school previously reported paying out almost $60 million to 26 victims, a financial audit for the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30 shows Penn State has paid or earmarked $92.8 million for 32 claims, reports NBC News. The school rejected the claims of six alleged victims in a 2013 settlement, and it isn't clear if these six additional cases are the same ones.

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"Additional claims could be paid in the future," the statement says. NBC News' read on the additional $33.2 million is that it wasn't used for payouts, with the university saying it covered "internal investigation, legal, communications, and other related costs." The report also notes a Department of Education investigation looked into possible violations of campus safety procedures, reports WJAC; the result of that investigation isn't clear, though it's possible the university could face fines. (Read more Penn State stories.)

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