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Purdue professor took $1.3 million in research funds for personal use

Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 21, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A Purdue University professor and his wife have pleaded guilty to using more than $1 million in federal research funds for their personal expenses.

Qingyou Han, 61, serves as the director for Purdue's Center for Materials Processing Research.

Federal prosecutors say Han admitted to using $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation funds.

The money was funneled into his wife, Lu Shao's, company, Hans Tech LLC. Both have pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge.

A Purdue spokesperson says they are aware of the plea and says it will "carefully consider the matter in light of its policies."

This story was originally published by staff at WRTV.