NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I05050018 Page 1 of 1 The National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated this investigation based upon a referral from another federal government agency1 conducting an investigation regarding alleged misappropriation of grant funds at a university'. It was reported that the subject of their investigation, a professor at the University, also had NSF awards. The professor was suspected of having diverted monies from an NSF grant to a colleague4 to provide financial compensation for helping his spouse5 (obtain an H- 1B visa illegally and giving her a position and paying her a salary at the University). The University's Office of Audit and Compliance (UAC) conducted an audit and found the professor6 had inappropriately charged monies to NSF grants for unallowable costs7. A review of the audit report disclosed that the professor misused NSF grant monies to pay for items8 related to his colleagues' non-NSF research. The audit report also disclosed that the professor along with his colleague had indeed prepared and filed a false H-1B visa petitiong as the emplbyment sponsor for a foreign national by using University letterhead. A false H-1B extension was also later submitted. The professor and the foreign national were married shortly after she c+e to thk U.S. l1 '1 /I 'I 1 I The University reported that the professor resigned1' and his colleague received disciplihary 1 action1'. This matter was referred to a U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecutorial consideiation an! II the matter was declined. NSF has received a full refundt2from the University for the Unallowable Costs1 misappropriated funds in this matter. There are no further leads to pursue and all issues have been resolved. 11 Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-05-18.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)