NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: I12110080 Page 1 of 1 We opened this case to investigate allegations that a university 1 provided potentially fabricated time and effort reports to Federal auditors. Our investigation determined that, in preparation for a Federal audit, and subsequently in response to preliminary audit findings, a university employee 2 fabricated time and effort reports, or caused others to fabricate time and effort reports, and provided them to the auditors. We referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and it was accepted for criminal prosecution and civil action. The employee pled guilty to one count of 18 U.S.C. § 1018, Official Certificates or Writings, and was sentenced. The submission of fabricated documents and undocumented salary costs constituted violations of the civil False Claims Act. As a result, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the university executed a settlement agreement, in which the university agreed to pay over $1 million in restitution and implement a five-year compliance program. Accordingly, this case is closed. 1 2 NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-06-22.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)