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October 23, 2017 Grant Fraud

NIH Grants: A Risk Area for Fraud

By Sherrie Savett Background The National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) awards billions of dollars to support medical and scientific research in the area of health and diseases. NIH invests approximately $32.3 billion each year in research grants to recipient organizations.[1] There are strict requirements for grant approval. Only 7 – […]
October 13, 2017 Grant Fraud

Prestigious Universities and Research Institutions Commit Grant Fraud Too

By Sherrie Savett Major universities rely on government grant money to supplement their revenues from tuition, endowments, and contributions. Purely research entities which are not full universities and where there is little or no tuition revenue depend even more heavily on government grant money, especially in the area of medical […]
March 29, 2017 Grant Fraud

How to Calculate Damages for False Claims Act Cases Based on Research Grant Fraud

The federal government, through its agencies, offers grant funding opportunities to private individuals and entities.  Numerous federal agencies offer grants, including the Department of Defense, Health and Human Services and the Department of Energy.  Often federal grants are aimed at funding innovative research. In a nutshell, the grant process involves […]
August 21, 2015 Grant Fraud

Wheeling Jesuit University to Pay $2.3 Million to Settle Allegations of Federal Grant Fund Misuse

Unfortunately, fraud within universities is not uncommon, and today’s case highlights a growing trend of grant fund misuse. Located in the mountains of West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit University has agreed to pay $2.3 million it is alleged to have misused, all of which was provided by the National Aeronautics and […]
May 6, 2015 Grant Fraud

Vancouver’s nLight Photonics, Inc. to Settle Allegations of Grant Fraud for $420,000

Federal grant money can be used in a variety of ways, including research, product development, enhancement of programs, and to fund projects calculated to benefit the public interest. However, grant funds are a limited source funded by taxpayers and are subject to strict eligibility and award criteria. Not only that, […]
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