- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2005

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former medical school professor fabricated research data on topics including menopause, aging and hormone supplements to win millions of dollars in government grant money, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Eric T. Poehlman, 49, a former tenured professor at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, would fabricate his research to make his proposals look more intriguing, in the hope that the federal government would be more likely to dole out grants to him.

“Dr. Poehlman fraudulently diverted millions of dollars from Public Health Service to support his research projects,” U.S. Attorney David V. Kirby said last week. “This, in turn, siphoned millions of dollars from the pool of resources available for valid scientific research proposals.”

Poehlman has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of making false statements in an application for a $542,000 grant he received, federal prosecutors said. He faces up to five years in prison.

Poehlman is accused of requesting $11.6 million in federal funding using false data.



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