Stony Brook University professor charged with stealing funds

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A Stony Brook University professor has been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars of government cancer research funds to pay personal bills, including his mortgage.

A seven-count indictment against Geoffrey Girnun was unsealed Thursday in federal court in Central Islip. A message was left with a lawyer for Girnun.

Prosecutors said in a release that Girnun was an associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of Cancer Metabolomics at Stony Brook's Renaissance School of Medicine when over $200,000 in grant funds was diverted to shell companies from 2013 to 2017.

U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a release that "pure greed" motivated Girnun to move money from the shell companies into his personal bank accounts to pay his bills.

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