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Former Stony Brook University Professor Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Cancer Research Funds: Dr. Geoffrey Girnun Used Government Funds to Make Personal Mortgage and Tuition Payments

Geoffrey Girnun, a former Associate Professor and cancer researcher at Stony Brook University's Department of Pathology of Medicine, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley via videoconference to one year and a day in prison for theft of government funds related to a grant he received to research the effect of certain molecules on cancer. Girnun pleaded guilty in January 2020 and pursuant to his plea agreement agreed to forfeit $225,000 and resign from his position at Stony Brook University. The Court also ordered restitution to be paid to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Stony Brook University in the amount of $225,000.


Action Details

  • Date:October 6, 2020
  • Agency:U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
  • Enforcement Types:
    • Criminal and Civil Actions