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Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-03-25.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                               NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                                OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                                  OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                                     CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

 Case Number: A12050037                                                                          Page 1of1




                                                                 Closeout

                 We reviewed an allegation that a researcher 1 (Subject) submitted an NSF proposal to conduct
         research the Subject had already completed and published as an article in an academic journal. The
         Subject also Q9nducted the research using another researcher's data2 without permission. The NSF
         proposal was a verbatim copy of the Subject's article, except the Subject changed past-tense verbs to
         future tense and replaced numerical results with the letter 'x' so that it appeared the results were not
         yet obtained. A large amount of the text in both the proposal and the article was also plagiarized. The
         proposal was not awarded.

                During our investigation, we discovered the Subject had also fraudulently submitted ten
         additional proposals to NSF in which the Subject sought funds for work that had already been
         completed and submitted to, or published in, academic journals. None of these proposals were
         awarded. In these instances the Subject also manipulated the text to make it appear the work had not
         yet been conducted. These efforts indicated that the Subject's acts were committed intentionally,
         with an awareness that NSF does not fund work already completed.

                We referred the matter for criminal prosecution, and the matter was declined in lieu of
         administrative action by NSF, which debarred the PI for three years.

                     This case is closed with no further action taken.




          2   The data belonged to his former Ph.D. advisor.




NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)