“was the main investigator on a number of cancer research projects”
He allegedly used some of the money to pay his mortgage.
Ex-Stony Brook professor pleads guilty to stealing cancer research funds
A former professor at the medical school at Stony Brook University pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with diverting $225,000 in grant money meant for cancer research to pay his mortgage and other personal expenses, according to officials.
Geoffrey Girnun, 49, of Woodmere, who had been an associate professor of pathology and cancer investigator himself, pleaded guilty to a single count of theft of government funds as part of a plea deal before U.S. District Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip.
Girnun, who resigned from the university in December, also led a lab and was the main investigator on a number of cancer research projects. He was the senior author of a widely circulated 2012 study about a significant discovery in cancer research that indicated the drug metformin, normally used to treat diabetes, may also prevent liver cancer.
The stolen grant money came from both the National Institutes of Health and Stony Brook.
Girnun was arrested in September and had been charged with theft of state and federal government funds, wire fraud and money laundering. He faces between 24 and 30 months in prison when he is sentenced, and up to 3 years of supervised release after that.
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