Though the following item refers to a non-physicist and though this refers to a hyphenated American, the circumstances of the criminal prosecution apply equally well to the All-American physics fraudsters. Legal precedents are being created!
Once in a court of law, you will stand completely naked of all your establishment power. Your protection racket will be of no use. You will face twelve good men and true who are also taxpaying citizens. Think about that!
Don’t forget that citizens can take you to civil court and seek to make you regurgitate their money! They can use cases such as below in their favor. And they can enter my book into the body of evidence. And if they call me as an expert witness, I will come with bells on.
On Wednesday, —, became a rare academic to not just fall from grace but also be punished with time behind bars.
A federal judge sentenced him to more than four and half years in prison and ordered him to repay $7.2 million in grant funds his team received from the federal government using his falsified data.
Academic misconduct often doesn’t even result in researchers losing their jobs, and it is even rarer for criminal charges and prison time to result from one of these cases.
But the case and the scope of the fraud caught the eye of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) who demanded to know why more had not been done to recover the millions spent by —- to fund the bogus research.
“This seems like a very light penalty for — who purposely tampered with a research trial and directly caused millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted on fraudulent studies,” Grassley noted in a 2014 letter.
And with that, — became a cautionary tale. Federal prosecutors pursued criminal charges carrying penalties of up to five years in prison.
“Just because somebody has a PhD, just because someone’s involved in the scientific community, doesn’t mean they’re going to necessarily be treated differently than anyone else who’s committed a criminal offense,” Nicholas Kleinfeldt, U.S. attorney … told CNN.
… the case, now closed, clearly sends a warning signal to other potential perpetrators of academic fraud …
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Here is a timely reprise of an old graphic of mine.