Grant Fraud

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)

                                                  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.


NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)