GUILTY PLEA: Former ISU Prof. Admits False Statements

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A former Iowa State University professor has pleaded guilty to making false statements in order to obtain cash for personal benefit.

Dr. Palaniappa Molian of Ames pleaded guilty on Friday to two felony counts.

Officials say he made false statements to the National Science Foundation. He requested reimbursement for a trip to Boston saying it was for research, but he later acknowledged the trip wasn’t related to an experiment.

Molian also requested payment for $20,000 in laser rental costs when he had free access to the laser. Officials say he used the money on personal expenses.

Molian faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 25th.