Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $9.5 Million Settlement With Columbia University For Improperly Seeking Excessive Cost Recoveries In Connection With Federal Research Grants
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Region of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS-OIG"), announced today a settlement of a civil fraud lawsuit against THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK ("COLUMBIA") for improperly seeking and receiving excessive cost recoveries in connection with research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health ("NIH"). The United States' Complaint-In-Intervention (the "Complaint") alleges that from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2015, COLUMBIA impermissibly applied its "on-campus" indirect cost rate - instead of the much lower "off-campus" indirect cost rate - when seeking federal reimbursement for 423 NIH grants where the research was primarily performed at off-campus facilities owned and operated by the State of New York and New York City. The Complaint further alleges that COLUMBIA failed to disclose to NIH that it did not own or operate these facilities and that COLUMBIA did not pay for use of the space for most of the relevant period.
- Date:July 14, 2016
- Agency:U.S. Attorney
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