LOWELL, Mass. — A former University of Massachusetts-Lowell employee has pleaded guilty to using a university-issued credit card to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of landscaping equipment that he then resold online.

The Sun reports that 47-year-old Sean Belanger, the school’s former grounds operations manager, avoided jail but was ordered to pay restitution of more than $47,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday to larceny. If he complies with probationary conditions for six months the charge will be dismissed.

Prosecutors say a routine audit found that Belanger made unauthorized gas purchases for his personal vehicle with the card.

Further investigation found that Belanger had used the card to buy leaf blowers, weed whackers, and hedge trimmers that he resold.

Belanger’s lawyer says his client is a “good guy” who “made a huge mistake.”

Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com

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