Archive for fraud

Students paid for fake results

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“A scam involving a Perth university employee charging Indian students thousands of dollars for fake English test results stretched across the country, with one student flying from Queensland to obtain dodgy marks …” (more)

[Debbie Guest, The Australian, 24 March]


Former MIT Researcher Convicted of Fraud

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“The ordeal isn’t over for biologist Luk van Parijs, who was fired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 after admitting to fabricating research data. Yesterday, Van Parijs, 40, pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court in Boston to one count of making a false statement on a federal grant application …” (more)

[Jocelyn Kaiser, Science Insider, 4 March]

Researcher found guilty of misconduct at UCL had been dismissed from Cambridge for data fabrication

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 8 February 2011 by Steve

“Here at Retraction Watch, we’ve been following the case of Jatinder Ahluwalia with interest. You may recall that an investigation by University College London (UCL) found ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that Ahluwalia had renumbered files to deceive a co-author …” (more)

[Retraction Watch, 8 February]

New twist in Copenhagen misconduct case

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“The case of Milena Penkowa, the Danish neuroscientist charged with unauthorized use of funding, took another turn on 3 February …” (more)

[Pia Pedersen, Research Blogs, 4 February]

90 Papers by German Could Be Retracted on Ethics Concerns

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 4 February 2011 by Steve

“An ongoing investigation into the work of a German anaesthesiologist may lead to as many as 90 retractions. Joachim Boldt was fired in November from his job as head of anesthesia at the Klinikum Ludwigshafen after an investigation into a 2009 paper raised suspicions …” (more)

[Gretchen Vogel, Science Insider, 4 February]

Scientific Misconduct in Management Research

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 30 January 2011 by Steve

“Fraudulent behavior in research is the ultimate academic gossip. It is hardly surprising that our post on Thomas Basbøll’s claim that management theory heavy-weight Karl Weick has engaged in plagiarism was one of O&M’s most popular posts in 2010 …” (more)

[Nicolai Foss, Organizations and Markets, 30 January]

Is scientific fraud on the rise?

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags , on 14 January 2011 by Steve

“As readers of this blog have no doubt sensed by now, the number of retractions per year seems to be on the rise. We feel that intuitively as we uncover more and more of them, but there are also data to suggest this is true …” (more)

[Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch, 13 January]

Fraud investigation rocks Danish university

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 7 January 2011 by Steve

“A high-profile neuroscientist in Denmark has resigned after facing allegations that she committed research misconduct and misspent grant money …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, Nature, 7 January]

Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an ‘elaborate fraud’ that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday …” (more)

[CNN, 6 January]

A Merry Christmas to all Bankers

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 25 December 2010 by Steve

“The bankers’ trade association has written to Cambridge University asking for the MPhil thesis of one of our research students, Omar Choudary, to be taken offline. They complain it contains too much detail of our No-PIN attack on Chip-and-PIN and thus ‘breaches the boundary of responsible disclosure’ …” (more)

[Ross Anderson, Light Blue Touchpaper, 25 December]

Should Scientific Misconduct be Criminalized?

Posted in Legal issues, research with tags on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“… When a junior scientist publishes fraudulent results, it takes a while before the results could be verified by other researchers. There is the ‘window of opportunity’ during which the junior scientist moves on to find a cushy job and by the time the fraud is exposed, he or she has obtained job security. The senior scientist, on the other hand, has nothing to lose because he/she can blame the person who has already left the lab. So convenient to everyone …” (more)

[In the name of science…, 14 November]

Protection against research fraud urged by academy

Posted in research with tags , , on 3 September 2010 by Steve

“Ireland must introduce procedures to protect against falsification and plagiarism of research findings, according to a discussion document produced by the Royal Irish Academy. Introducing such safeguards would protect Ireland’s international reputation as a source of quality research, the academy says …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 3 September]

Cancer trials put on hold after researcher caught padding resume

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 22 July 2010 by Steve

“Three clinical trials have been placed on hold after news broke that a researcher involved with the studies may have lied on his resume. Cancer researcher Anil Potti of the Duke University School of Medicine has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ pending an investigation into false claims, listed on applications for research funds, that he was a Rhodes Scholar …” (more)

[The Great Beyond, 21 July]

‘Elites’ accused of fabricating college degrees

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 18 July 2010 by Steve

“The resumes of about 100 Chinese ‘elites’ have been revised on Hudong Wiki, a pilot Chinese-language encyclopedia website, after the former president of Microsoft China, Tang Jun, was accused of fabricating his academic credentials …” (more)

[Xinhuanet, 12 July]

Cuccinelli tells court former U-Va professor’s academic freedom not threatened

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 June 2010 by Steve

“Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told a judge that his request for documents related to the work of former University of Virginia climate scientist Michael Mann should be granted because neither academic freedom nor the First Amendment ‘immunizes’ a person from a fraud investigation …” (more)

[Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post, 16 June]

Student jailed for accepting cash to sit someone else’s English exam

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“A Chinese student who was paid £400 to take an English exam for someone else has been jailed for six months. Jiawen Feng, 24, tried to pass himself off as another student when he used their passport and ID to take an English Language exam at Warwick University …” (more)

[Daily Telegraph, 3 May]

Students writing university exam answers on arms ‘most popular cheating method’

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 20 January 2010 by Steve

“Dozens of students were caught cheating at their exams at university around the country, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show. The old-fashioned technique of writing hidden answers on their arm appeared to be more popular than hi-tech scams such as using the internet with mobile phones …” (more)

[Andrew Hough, Daily Telegraph, 20 January]

Foreign status faked to access universities

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 17 January 2010 by Steve

“Students born, raised and educated in China are using fake foreign passports to get into top universities, which have higher entrance standards for domestic candidates, state media said last week …” (more)

[University World News, 17 January]

Online Scheme Highlights Fears About Distance-Education Fraud

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , on 14 January 2010 by Steve

“An Arizona woman pleaded guilty on Tuesday to running an elaborate scam that highlights what federal authorities describe as the vulnerability of online education to financial-aid fraud. The scheme embroiled Rio Salado College, home to one of America’s largest online programs, in a half-million-dollar con …” (more)

[Marc Parry, Chronicle of Higher Education, 13 January]

‘Double-job’ lecturer can claim two pensions

Posted in Legal issues with tags , , , on 22 November 2009 by Steve

“Exposed for double jobbing in two third-level colleges, former lecturer Fergal O’Malley will keep both of his pensions the Sunday Independent has learned. Mr O’Malley was forced to resign his post in November 2007 after a post-graduate student at NUI Galway, annoyed at having to cover the lecturer’s electronic engineering class while he travelled 90km to Athlone IT to teach the same subject, blew the whistle …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 22 November]