Court postpones former professor’s trial

Federal court officials postponed a preliminary hearing for a former GW professor charged with embezzling federal funds from the University.

Nabih Bedewi, who headed GW’s National Crash Analysis Center in Ashburn, Va., is accused of funneling more than $600,000 to his private company.

Bedewi’s preliminary hearing had been scheduled for Monday morning at the U.S. District Court. The hearing did not take place. On Nov. 22, he participated in a speedy trial waiver, which gives his lawyers more time to prepare their arguments, court officials said. Bedewi is scheduled for another hearing on Jan. 6.

The National Crash Analysis Center in Virginia was established in 1992 and is financed mainly through Transportation Department grants. Bedewi began teaching at GW in 1990 and resigned two months after University officials began investigation his financial dealings in April.

-Nathan Brill and Ryan Holeywell

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