UDC to pay $530,000 to resolve National Science Foundation grant allegations

October 19, 2012

The University of the District of Columbia will pay the U.S. government $530,000 to resolve allegations it submitted false claims for payments from a National Science Foundation grant, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to UDC in 2004 to establish a science and technology program. But UDC failed to maintain proper documentation about how it spent the grant money from 2004 through 2009, according to the District’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.

UDC did not admit guilt as part of the agreement with federal prosecutors to settle the false claims allegations. But it will implement a four-year program to better track National Science Foundation grants, prosecutors said.

Alan Etter, a spokesman for UDC, did not immediately respond to a phone message or email seeking comment.

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