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Stony Brook Professor Admits Theft of Cancer Research Funding (1)

Jan. 14, 2020, 9:05 PMUpdated: Jan. 14, 2020, 9:43 PM

A former cancer researcher at a Long Island campus of the State University of New York faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $220,000 in research funds, the Department of Justice said.

The theft by Geoffrey Girnun included grants issued by the National Institutes of Health, the DOJ said in a statement released after the plea hearing Tuesday. He used the money for personal expenses, including payments on his mortgage, prosecutors said.

Girnun stepped down in December as a professor in the department of pathology at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine, the DOJ...

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