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World Philly professor accused of spending $185K in grant funds on strippers, iTunes

01:50  20 january  2020
01:50  20 january  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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a man smiling for the camera: Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa.© Philadelphia Police Department Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa.

The former chair of Drexel University's engineering department was arrested on Monday and charged with two counts of felony theft for allegedly stealing $185,000 (AUD$268k) in research grant funds, according to a release by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.

Professor Chikaodinaka Nwankpa is accused of using the money on "adult entertainment venues and sports bars, meals, and iTunes purchases," according to the release.

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accused of spending $ 185 ,000 in grant money on strippers , sports bars and iTunes . Nwankpa's alleged spending was noticed when an audit showed multiple unauthorized and "no bars as well as more than ,000 on iTunes purchases, meals and other unauthorized purchases, the release said.

(CNN) — A former Drexel University professor faces criminal charges after allegedly stealing 5,000 in research grant money and using it at adult entertainment venues and on purchases for iTunes A professor allegedly used $ 185 K in research grants on strip clubs, iTunes and more, officials say.

"After a comprehensive investigation by our office's Economic Crimes Unit, Mr. Nwankpa will have his day in court and will have to answer for his crimes. I'd like to thank Drexel University and the Drexel University Police Department for their work throughout this investigation," District Attorney Larry Krasner said in a statement.

The alleged purchases, which were discovered after a university audit, were made between 2010 and 2017.

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Former Drexel professor arrested and accused of spending $ 185 ,000 in grant money on strippers , sports bars and iTunes . A former Drexel University professor faces criminal charges after allegedly stealing $ 185 ,000 in research grant money and using it at adult entertainment venues and on

The former Drexel professor was arrested and accused of spending $ 185 ,000 in grant money on strippers , sports bars and iTunes . According to prosecutors, the professor submitted several improper charges against his federal grants for 'goods and services' billed at strip clubs, including

Nwankpa made multiple unauthorized and "no receipt" purchases, which he submitted for reimbursement using grant funds, according to the release.

More than $96,000 (AUD$ 139k) were spent at adult entertainment venues and sports bars, according to the DA's office.

Another approximately $89,000 (AUD$ 129k) were spent on iTunes purchases, the release states.

Nwankpa submitted the expense reports for the adult entertainment expenses by saying the money was used for "catering and food."

However, 48 percent of the 114 separate charges he made were done on weekends, and 63 percent were made between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m.

Nwankpa was taken into custody but released after paying his $25,000 (AUD$36300) bail and surrendering his passport.

A preliminary hearing for his case is scheduled on January 29, 2020.

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