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US vaccine researcher sentenced to prison for fraud

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Kati, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Kati

    Kati Patient in training

    Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials. Han has also been fined US$7.2 million and will be subject to three years of supervised release after he leaves prison

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    Researcher who Faked HIV Vaccine Trial Data gets 4 Year Jail Sentence

    Hailed as a “breakthrough” at the time, research conducted by a scientist in the U.S. led us to believe that a vaccine for HIV could be well within our grasps. But raised hopes quickly came crashing down when, a few years ago, it was realized that the promising findings were the result of spiked samples and data fiddling.

    Now, the scientist behind the multi-million dollar scam, Dong-Pyou Han, has received his punishment for the crime, and it’s much more than a slap on the wrist: He will serve more than four and a half years behind bars and cough up $7.2 million to cover the federal funding he received for the research
  2. Never Give Up

    Never Give Up Collecting improvements, until there's a cure.

    Wonder where he'll get the $7.2 million from?

    Seems like the prison time, plus the enormous fine will serve as a good deterrent to others contemplating such fraud. Good government, good!
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  3. GhostGum

    GhostGum Senior Member

    Vic, AU
    The US prison system will put him straight to work with good pay, 20c an hour, should be paid off in no time.
  4. barbc56

    barbc56 Senior Member

    Twenty cents/hour divided into $7.2 million equals not worth the time to compute but certainly means he'll most likely die before the debt is paid off.:lol:


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