A former University of Kentucky professor was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for fraud.
Additionally, Dongping "Daniel" Tao, 53, a former mining professor, must pay a $10,000 fine, $59,411.86 in restitution to UK, and $2,280 to Georgia-Pacific LLC, a company for whom he worked as a consultant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
During a February hearing, Tao pleaded guilty to wire fraud after he admitted to defrauding UK and another employer of more than $62,000 by creating fake invoices and double-billing for expenses. He also admitted that he had used UK grant money intended for research for his personal consulting business.
Tao resigned from UK after two internal investigations found that from 2008 to 2013, he created fake invoices for travel, hotels and meals. He billed the university and consulting clients for the same expenses.
The university investigations also found that Tao routinely required graduate students to work on his private consulting activities without pay. The investigation into Tao's practices began after a graduate student complained that work went uncompensated.