- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former University of Southern California math professor has been ordered to pay $300,000 in fines and restitution for lying about his employment on a grant application he made to the U.S. Department of Energy.

City News Service reported Monday that a judge also placed Alexander Tartakovsky on two years of probation.

Tartakovsky must also spend 250 hours teaching math to minority and learning-disabled students.

The former professor pleaded guilty in October to falsely claiming that his primary employer was his company, Argo Science Corp., when he applied for a $99,999 research grant in 2009.

His main employer was actually USC, where he worked full time until 2012.

Federal officials said they would not have awarded the grant if they knew that.

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