A professor at Stony Brook University in New York was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for cancer research and using it on personal expenses, including mortgage payments on his house, federal prosecutors announced.
Geoffrey Girnun, 48, was arrested and charged with wire fraud and money laundering after he allegedly stole more than $200,000 in federal and state grant money over four years, the New York U.S. Attorney’s Office said. To secure the funds from the National Institutes of Health, the associate professor at Stony Brook’s School of Medicine submitted fake invoices for research equipment from sham companies, according to prosecutors.
If convicted, Girnun faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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