Former Duke Research Technician Receives 33.5 Million Dollars as False Claims Whistle-Blower

According to a complaint filed by Joseph Thomas with the Department of Justice where he alleges a False Claims Act violation was committed by Duke Researchers. Duke knowingly and willfully submitted applications and progress reports between 2006 and 2018 that contained falsified research to receive federal grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to claim millions in grant funds.

“Specifically, the United States contends that the results of certain research related to mice conducted by a Duke research technician in its Airway Physiology Laboratory, as well as statements based on those research results, were falsified and/or fabricated,” stated DOJ in its announcement on Monday.

The case was settled for $112.5 million with 33.5 going to Joseph Thomas. The Department of Justice issued the following statement: “these are allegations only” and that “there has been no determination of liability.” Duke responded in a written statement: No human subjects were involved in the research indicating that the settlement includes reimbursement of grants obtained as a result of the falsified and fabricated data, as well as related penalties.

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