NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION I OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS I CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM II U Zase Number: 1-04100038 Page 1 of 1 In October 2004, NSF OIG received a complaint alleging that an awardee1was fraudulently misusing and misappropriating funds budgeted for employee salary, and that employees of the company had not been paid for much of the work performed under the Award. Our investigation identified approximately $34,000 in award funds that the company could not adequately account for. These funds included specific expenditures for salary, travel and fringe benefits under the Award. Based on our findings, we referred this matter to the United States Attorney's Office in Newark, New Jersey. After reviewing the information they declined to move based on the minimal potential loss to the government. In response to the declination by the United States Attorney's Office we referred the matter to our Office of Audit for its consideration as a potential audit. We also notified NSF with a recommendation that they declare the current award and any potential future awards to this company as high-risk awards. We also recommended to NSF that it impose special award conditions to protect the disbursement of all remaining funds associated with the company's current award and place special issue flags in the NSF Awards System. Accordingly, this case is closed. I1 I ISF OIG Fom 2 (1 1/02)
Grant Fraud SBIR
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2006-03-29.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)