Friday, April 11, 2014

The audacious (brown) Professor

Once upon a time there was a famous (black) Professor who spoke about the audacity of hope and reclaiming of the american dream. Now it is the turn of another (brown) Prof to demonstrate the audacity of grand larceny and (false) claiming of american dollars. A good man gone bad due to greed. No leniency will be shown (40 years in prison) as the authorities want to make an example out of this case (as they should).
An Indian-American professor has been convicted by a federal grand jury of defrauding the US government and students of $700,000 in research grants.


Manoj Jha, a full-time professor at the Morgan State University in Baltimore, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each of four counts of wire fraud, and for one count each of mail fraud and falsification of records; and 10 years in prison for theft of government property.

Jha, 46, has been found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $200,000 in grant funds from NSF's Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programme to fund a highway project, and attempting to obtain another $500,000 via the same project.

Federal prosecutors alleged Jha converted the funds to his personal use; Jha made payments on his mortgage and personal credit card and authorised approximately $11,000 in salary payments to his wife, who performed no NSF-related work.

According to Justice Department, Jha incorporated Amar Transportation Research and Consulting Inc (ATRC), and was its president and only director. Trial evidence showed that Jha submitted funding proposals on behalf of ATRC to the STTR.

The stated purpose of Jha's proposed project was to enhance current models used by highway planners to optimise horizontal and vertical highway routes, and ultimately, to commercialise the result.


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