NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 108090051 Page 1 of 1 This case was opened pursuant to an allegation that a PI 1 at a university2 had submitted false expense reports for reimbursements charged to NSF· awards 3 and another agency award. 4 We reviewed award documentation and determined that the PI had knowingly submitted false expense reports for personal gain. The PI pled guilty to one count of violation of 18 U.S.C. § 641, misdemeanor theft of government funds, was sentenced to serve one year unsupervised probation, and paid restitution to NSF and the other agency of $19,819.49. The PI failed to respond to a civil complaint under the False Claims Act, and the court entered a default judgment against the PI for treble damages (minus the restitution) of $84,301.75 plus penalties of $110,000. NSF debarred the PI for three years. Accordingly, this investigation is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)
Applicant/Grantee/PI False Certification PI Misconduct
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-03-07.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)