Nigerian professor Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa is in the eye of the storm over his alleged spending of grant money fraudulently.
According to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, the emeritus professor with Drexel University is reported to have spent research money to feed his appetite for googling at naked women at night instead of on the research studies the grant was approved for.
On Monday, 57-year-old professor Nwankpa’s chicken came home to roost, he was arrested under theft charges, the Philadelphia State prosecutors say the erudite Nigerian professor is being charged for stealing $185,000 research grant money through “unlawful taking and theft by deception”.
According to the results from findings, our Drexel University professor who formerly chaired the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was having a good time and “living the life in full blast” at the expense of his approved research efforts, judging by his expenditures.
According to a statement released by the district attorney’s office, he was reported to have spent over $96,000 on fast cars, strip bars and night clubs, iTunes downloads and expensive cuisines took another $89,000.
If a university audit report is to be taken seriously, then our professor has been at it a long time, professor Nwankpa has spent close to three decades at the school, and over this period he made numerous, questionable purchases that were not approved.
The U.S. Attorney, William McSwain also had this to say
“The agencies providing these grant funds expect them to be used towards advancements in energy and naval technology for public benefit, not for personal entertainment.”
Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district attorney, opined that by Nwankpa’s actions, he betrayed the university, its students and the academia as a whole.
“After a comprehensive investigation by our office’s Economic Crimes Unit, Mr. Nwankpa will have his day in court and will have to answer for his crimes,”
An initial hearing for this case has been scheduled for Jan. 29, if the prosecution can score a conviction against the Nigerian professor on both counts, he could be made to cool his heels in prison for a minimum of 14 years in addition to paying fines of up to $30,000. He could also forfeit luxury items purchased during his notorious spending spree.