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College professor pleads not guilty to stealing cancer funds

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Stony Brook University professor has pleaded not guilty to stealing tens of thousands of dollars of government cancer research funds to pay personal bills, including his mortgage.

A seven-count indictment against Geoffrey Girnun was unsealed Thursday in federal court in Central Islip, New York. Girnun was released on $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors said Girnun was an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of Cancer Metabolomics at Stony Brook’s Renaissance School of Medicine when over $200,000 in grant funds was diverted to shell companies from 2013 to 2017. In a statement, the school said it was “outraged and appalled by the allegations.”

U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said “pure greed” motivated Girnun to move money from the shell companies into his personal bank accounts to pay his bills.

Associated Press

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