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hampton woman sentenced for stealing federal grant money from EVMS

December 13, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. – Adrienne R. Boothe, 48, of Hampton, Va., was sentenced today to 12 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for theft from a program receiving federal funds.  She was also ordered to pay over $150,000 in restitution to Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). 

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Robert G. Doumar.  Boothe pleaded guilty on August 30, 2010.

            According to court documents, Boothe was employed by 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 prosecuted 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  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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