Yesterday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Philadelphia Division announced that Steven W. Johnson, Ph.D., 49, of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, was charged yesterday by indictment with mail fraud and theft from a program receiving federal funds. The charges arise from his misuse of federal funds for cancer research to conduct a for-profit business while he was employed as a researcher by the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen L. Grigsby
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 210 years’ imprisonment, a three-year period of supervised release and a $2.75 million fine. The 11-count indictment said the DOD paid $655,938 to Penn for Johnson's research from June 2007 through December 2009 but did not specify how much was allegedly used for Johnson's business. No one answered the phone Friday at Johnson's house.
The grand jury indictment alleges that Johnson misused property valued at more than $5,000 from 2005 to 2010. School of Medicine spokeswoman Susan Phillips says Johnson was terminated soon after they became aware of his actions
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