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Former Researcher Sentenced for Misusing UNH Credit Card



A former University of New Hampshire researcher has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing money from federal research grants.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Jichun Zhang submitted fictitious receipts for nearly $7,000 in expenses on a credit card. The university made payments and obtained reimbursement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which provided the grant.

Zhang was a research associate professor for UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.

He pleaded guilty in December. Prosecutors said he has paid back the money.


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