Penn State Professor Charged With Forgery After Using Cancer Research Money On Unauthorized Purchases
A Penn State professor who used $2,265.23 allotted for conducting cancer research for the College of Medicine on unauthorized purchases was charged with forgery.
As first reported by the Daily Collegian, Penn State Hershey Medical Center Researcher Dr. Guohui Wan used the money to purchase a Porter-Cable Pancake Compressor, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and other wood-working items on Amazon. The Penn State Office of Internal Audit caught wind of discrepancies in Wan’s records and begun an investigation. He initially tried to justify the purchases with falsified receipts and claimed they were necessary to conduct his research.
Eventually, after investigation, Wan admitted the receipts were forged and otherwise altered. Wan faced five charges according to court documents and the Daily Collegian: two second-degree felony charges for forgery and three third-degree felony charges for theft by deception, receiving stolen property and using an access device for an unauthorized reason.
His formal arraignment will take place December 28.