NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: 1-12020013 Page 1 of1 In February 2012 the National Science Foundation's Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management received a call from a grocery store chain1 in Pennsylvania stating it had unsuccessfully attempted to deposit two checks2 issued by NSF. These checks were cashed at two different stores 3 on two separate dates4 by the payee named on the checks. 5 Both checks appeared to be drawn on an account with a global bank company, 6 but were returned by the bank because no such account existed. Due to the appearance of the checks, the store believed these checks were authentic and did not question the person cashing the checks. The grocery store contacted NSF to address this issue. Upon review of this matter, NSF concluded that NSF does possess an account with the bank, the individual who cashed the checks is not an NSF employee, and the checks cashed were fraudulent. The NSF Office oflnspector General was contacted to investigate this matter. In the course of their investigation, NSF OIG referred the case to a federal agency7 with extensive experience dealing with check fraud. Although the agency declined the case, it referred NSF OIG to State Officials 8 who are members of the Federal Crimes Task Force, to assist in the matter. NSF OIG collaborated with Task Force which led to the apprehension and conviction of the individual who cashed the fraudulent checks. The individual pled guilty to multiple state charges and in tum, received 18 months of probation through the State ofPennsylvania's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program9 and was ordered to pay restitution. 10 Accordingly, this case is closed. 1- 2 3 4 One was $964.14 the other was 1/27/2012 & 1/28/2012 72.59 5 6 7 United States Secret Service (USSS) 8 9 Sentencing occurred on 06/13/2013 10 $1,936.73 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
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Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2013-08-11.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)