Hampton Women Pleads Guilty to Stealing Federal Grant Money from EVMS
NORFOLK, Va. - Adrienne R. Boothe, 48, of Hampton, Va., pleaded guilty today in Norfolk federal court to theft from a program receiving federal funds. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after Boothe plead guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller. Boothe will be sentenced on December 13, 2010, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
According to court documents, Boothe was employed by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) for over 20 years, most recently as a Research Associate for their Contraceptive Research and Development Program (CONRAD). The CONRAD Program receives an annual grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to perform research related to microbicide development and contraception. As part of this research, the Program collects sperm donations for analysis. Donors are paid $30 per donation. From January 2003 until January 2010, Boothe falsified donor reimbursement documents by including donations that she knew had not occurred. By fabricating these donations, the defendant stole over $150,000 in Program funds. As a result of an internal investigation of this matter, EVMS terminated the defendant’s employment in February 2010.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Lee Martin is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.