WEB UPDATE: Ex-professor gets 38 months for embezzlement; GW still stuck with half of the bill

Posted Wednesday, June 29, 3:18 p.m. Former professor Nabih Bedewi was sentenced last month to 38 months in prison for embezzling and mismanaging federal funds earmarked for research at GW facilities. He was also ordered to pay $872,000 to GW, which agreed in April to a $1.8 million settlement with the government.

Bedewi, who until June 2004 headed the National Crash Analysis Center at GW’s Ashburn, Va., campus, pled guilty in April to stealing nearly $1 million in federal research money. According to court documents, he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars to a private company he part-owned, and also used the money to pay for Washington Redskins tickets, a car and a Florida condominium.

The sentence, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Roberts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, means GW will pay the government $1 million for the mismanagement of funds.

University officials were hoping to recoup most of the $1.8 million from Bedewi. Tracy Schario, GW’s director of media relations, said officials were still mulling whether to seek further restitution from Bedewi through a lawsuit. She said the University will release a statement Thursday.

Bedewi, who will remain free until a federal prison will be chosen for his incarceration, is also required to serve 50 hours of community service upon his release.

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