A nice precedent has been set. Tamper with the data, try to make yourself look like a hero, make “false statements in research reports”: Go To Prison.
One of several places reporting this as it is an A.P. wire story:
Ex-Iowa State Scientist Gets Prison for Faking HIV Research
DES MOINES, Iowa — Jul 1, 2015, 4:58 PM ET
By DAVID PITT Associated Press
A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports.
Dong-Pyou Han, 58, also must pay $7.2 million to a federal government agency that funded the research. He entered a plea agreement in February admitting guilt to two counts of making false statements.
Government prosecutors said Han’s misconduct dates to 2008 when he worked at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland under professor Michael Cho, who was leading a team testing an experimental HIV vaccine on rabbits. Cho’s team began receiving NIH funding, and he soon reported the vaccine was causing rabbits to develop antibodies to HIV, which was considered a major breakthrough. Han said he initially accidentally mixed human blood with rabbit blood making the potential vaccine appear to increase an immune defense against HIV, the virus that can cause AIDS. Han continued to spike the results to avoid disappointing Cho, his mentor, after the scientific community became excited that the team could be on the verge of a vaccine.
Han’s attorney Joseph Herrold, a federal public defender, asked for probation instead of prison.
I say forget probation. Make him a really good precedent. Then round up the folks doing the nutty Global Warming Theorist “research” and charge them under RICO… plea out to 5 years and returning all the money…
Here’s a “2nd source” for confirmation. The Des Moines Register, and no A.P. byline.
Ex-ISU scientist seeks mercy in AIDS-vaccine fraud case
Tony Leys, firstname.lastname@example.org 2:40 p.m. CDT June 30, 2015
A disgraced former Iowa State University scientist is asking a federal judge for mercy when deciding this week whether to send him to prison for scientific fraud.
Dong-Pyou Han pleaded guilty in February to faking results in AIDS-vaccine experiments. Prosecutors say his actions led federal administrators to award an extra $7 million to $20 million in grants for the research, and they want him to serve prison time for his actions.
Han, 58, was forced to resign from ISU after his deception was uncovered by other researchers in 2013. He could face nearly six years in prison under federal guidelines when he’s sentenced Wednesday, defense lawyer Joseph Herrold wrote in papers filed Monday. But Herrold asked that Han be sentenced to less time, or even to probation, for what he described as an isolated example of weakness and poor judgment. “This case is about human failings,” the lawyer wrote.
Han was indicted last June, and has been free while awaiting sentencing. The case is being watched nationally, because it is a rare example of a scientist being prosecuted for academic fraud.
I’d like to see it be a little less rare… Just how is mixing in blood ‘for effect’ any different from tuning climate models “for effect” or adjusting raw temperature data “for effect”? Looks the same to me. Even got the added grant money like the Global Warming Theorists do…