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St. John's dean on trial found dead in Queens home

November 6, 2012 7:24:16 AM PST
The former dean of St. John's University on federal trial for stealing money from the school was discovered dead in her Jamaica, Queens, home Tuesday morning.

The death of Cecilia Chang was ruled a non-criminal matter and was being investigated as an apparent suicide.

Chang, the ex-dean of Asian Studies at the Queens campus who allegedly used students as indentured servants, was charged with stealing more than $1 million from the university.

Chang had just taken the stand Monday in her own defense in her federal trial. She insisted that all her transactions on behalf of the university were above board and that she was just trying to help the students.

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