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FORMER MIT PROFESSOR SENTENCED TO ONE-YEAR PROBATION FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS IN FEDERAL RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION

JUNE 14, 2011

BOSTON, Mass...A Falmouth man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court for making false statements in a federal research grant application.

LUK VAN PARIJS, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to one year probation for making false statements in a federal research grant application. For six months of that probationary period, VAN PARIJS will be confined to his home and subject to electronic monitoring. VAN PARIJS must also complete 400 hours worth of community service. Judge Casper further ordered that VAN PARIJS pay $61,117 in restitution to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On March 3, 2011, VAN PARIJS pleaded guilty before Judge Casper to one count of making a false statement. Had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that, on or about February 26, 2003, VAN PARIJS knowingly and willfully made materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements in obtaining a research grant from the National Institutes of Health.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Susan J. Waddell, Special Agent in Charge of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Boston Regional Office, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory F. Noonan and James Arnold of Ortiz’s Health Care Fraud Unit.

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