Former distinguished MSU professor facing fraud charges
EAST LANSING, Mich. —
A former Michigan State University professor once honored as distinguished is now being accused of defrauding the university and other organizations out of more than $400,000.
According to documents filed in West Michigan U.S. District Court, Ning Xi, a former professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, and officially charged with fraud by wire.
“Over time, the investigation produced evidence that Xi had defrauded both MSU and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a nonprofit corporation headquartered in New York, of hundreds of thousands of dollars by submitting false reimbursement claims for travel and related expenses,” reads the criminal complaint filed by U.S. prosecutors.
In the charging documents, an FBI special agent writes that Xi would frequently turn in fraudulent, misleading and sometimes altered receipts to Michigan State and IEEE for reimbursement.
Xi resigned from the university in October 2015, shortly after facing accusations that he violated university policy after it was discovered that he took another job at the University of Hong Kong. The move was described by Michigan State as “unacceptable research practice,” according to court documents.
Newschannel 3 reached out to Xi’s lawyer to comment on this story, but has not yet heard back.