Courting Federal Funds with Fake Findings

Duke University knowingly submitted a staffer’s falsified data to court millions of dollars in federal grant money, according to a whistleblower’s lawsuit that will see the university shell out a $112.5 million settlement.

Former Duke employee Joseph Thomas alleged that Erin Potts-Kant, who worked in Duke’s Airway Physiology Laboratory, fudged her findings and that the university knowingly submitted the bad data to the NIH and the EPA in 30 grants.

In 2013, Potts-Kant paid restitution to Duke after pleading guilty on 2 counts of forgery. Duke has responded with new measures to protect research integrity, including a new executive oversight committee.

The News & Observer


 

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