Files that were to be surrendered to federal investigators examining the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's political contributions
were stolen during a break-in at the school, July 30 or 31.
"It looks like it may very well have been an inside job," Petillo told the newspaper, noting that it appears the thief used a university swipe card to enter the Newark building housing the university affairs and government affairs departments. Some locked doors were pried open, he said.
File cabinets were opened with a key or forced open, and records on political contributions were also taken from an employee's briefcase, school officials said. Afterward, FBI agents made pre-dawn visits to the homes of UMDNJ officials to ask about the break-in, school officials told the newspaper.
Investigators also are interested in millions of dollars in no-bid contracts the school awarded to politically connected firms. A similar probe has been started by the State Commission of Investigation, which is a bipartisan arm of the state Legislature.