How does someone spend this kind of money on trips to a nudie bar?

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Ex-prof’s strip club habit sticks Drexel University with $190K bill

The former head of Drexel University’s electrical engineering department blew hundreds of thousands of federal research dollars at area strip clubs, government lawyers said. Now, the school is stuck paying the tab.

The Justice Department announced Monday a nearly $190,000 settlement that the university agreed to pay to fend off a potential lawsuit.

The sum stems from tabs Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, 56, spent on dancers over a decade using grant money he was supposed to have applied to energy, science, and naval — not navel — research.

University auditors uncovered Nwankpa’s misspending in 2017. But the professor had hardly been modest about his extracurricular research.

According to government lawyers, he submitted several improper charges against his federal grants for “goods and services” billed at “gentlemen’s clubs” including Club Risque and Cheerleaders in South Philadelphia and the Tacony Club between 2007 and 2017. Investigators also allegedly found misspending at sports bars and on iTunes.

Once confronted, Nwankpa decided to bare all. He admitted the unauthorized expenses, resigned his post, and agreed to pay back $53,328 — less than a third of the overall bill he ran up.

A university spokesperson said Monday that Drexel reported Nwankpa’s misconduct to authorities and cooperated with the investigation. Since then, the school has instituted additional training for faculty and staff and beefed up its auditing controls.


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