Duke To Pay $112 Million To U.S. Gov. For False Grant Applications

Published on 25 Mar 2019, 21:59
Huff Post reports Duke University has reached a $112.5 million settlement with the U.S. government, after it was accused of falsifying scientific research to claim millions in federal grants. The university was accused of knowingly submitting 30 grant applications containing falsified data to the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency from 2006 to 2018. Duke says the settlement money will reimburse the government for the grants it received and includes associated penalties. University President Vincent E. Price said in a statement, “We must accept responsibility, acknowledge that our processes for identifying and preventing misconduct did not work, and take steps to improve.” A former employee of the university brought the allegations to light after filing a lawsuit in 2014 under the whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. The Department of Justice said the former employee will receive $33,750,000 from the settlement.

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