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Probe of the university official costs more than misspending

BERKELEY, California. – An investigation into the misuse of funds by an outgoing chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley will cost 10 times more than the misspending.

UC spokesman Ricardo Vazquez told The Associated Press on Wednesday that UC spent $57,671 on the probe.

The research has shown, that the Chancellor Nicholas Dirks used university resources for a part of a gym membership, personal training sessions and an elliptical machine. Services and equipment costs about $5,000.

Vazquez said the goal is to conduct a fair and thorough investigation.

Dirks retires on 30 June. He has not responded to the expenses, but UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said, he has apologized and repaid the money.

The cost of the probe was first reported by the Daily Californian campus newspaper.

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