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Vollen, afraid she was being set up, insisted that she be allowed to have a witness present when the van was searched. She was finally able to contact the ASU Provost Glick to come down and watch.
The computer was not in the van, and Vollen was released.
But the university continued to press theft charges against her. Vollen says she soon learned why. After filing the charges, ASU's general counsel's office offered her a deal, Vollen says and other sources confirm. The criminal charge would be dropped if Vollen would agree not to sue the university over her dismissal.
Vollen refused. Although she did not take the computer, Vollen says, she finally agreed that the risk of having a criminal charge hanging over her was too great. She paid the university $1,500 to cover the cost of the missing computer and clear up the incident.
Vollen has no idea what happened to the computer. She does know what happened to her personal printer, which disappeared at the same time. The university, after reporting the theft of the computer and blaming her for it, somehow managed to locate her printer. They mailed it to her.