Paul L. Caron
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

U.S. Attorney: Professor Spent $190,000 Of Research Grant Funds At Strip Clubs

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Drexel University to Pay $189,062 to Resolve Potential False Claims Liability:

United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Drexel University has agreed to pay the United States $189,062 to resolve potential liability under the False Claims Act for a former professor’s use of grant funds towards “gentlemen’s clubs” and other improper purchases.

For ten years, the head of Drexel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa [Google Scholar]), submitted improper charges against federal grants. The majority of the charges were made to gentlemen’s clubs and sports bars in the Philadelphia area.

The government’s investigation began in 2017 after Drexel voluntarily disclosed the improper charges to eight federal grants for energy and naval technology related research that it received from the Department of the Navy, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation. After an internal audit in 2017, Drexel discovered that between July 2007 through April 2017, Dr. Nwankpa submitted improper charges against the federal grants for items such as personal iTunes purchases and for “goods and services” provided by Cheerleaders, Club Risque, and Tacony Club.

Drexel disclosed Dr. Nwankpa’s conduct to the government and cooperated with the investigation to identify the full scope of the misconduct. Dr. Nwankpa repaid $53,328 to Drexel, resigned his position in lieu of termination, and was debarred from federal government contracting for a period of six months. Drexel has implemented changes to prevent similar misconduct in the future, such as improvements to its charge approval and auditing policies.

 

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/10/us-attorney-professor-spent-200000-of-research-grant-funds-at-strip-clubs.html

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Comments

Someone who wasn’t racist wouldn’t have published this article. #notallimmigrants

Posted by: Anon | Oct 8, 2019 5:45:21 PM

There's actually a very serious piece of research by Clifford Geertz on cock-fighting in Bali: who you watch it with, who you bet on, the rituals observed by the fans, etc. Perhaps this fellow was doing similar research on Phila. Sports fans.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Oct 9, 2019 4:15:28 AM

"...in which young lady ecdysiasts engaged in the deciduous calisthenics of perhaps unwitting First Amendment expression."

Posted by: T.C. Summary Opinion 2011-132 | Oct 9, 2019 5:04:38 AM

Having spent 6 years in the Navy, I can understand some of the places he charged for this research. What you should fault him for is not being creative enough to do it legally.

Posted by: bflat879 | Oct 9, 2019 2:07:43 PM

Why is he not in jail?

Posted by: tasker | Oct 9, 2019 5:05:55 PM

And in other news about the shameful and pitiful world of professors .....

Posted by: Diogenes | Oct 13, 2019 5:19:22 AM

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