November 17, 1998 University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota has agreed to pay $32 Million Dollars to settle claims asserted in a qui tam action filed by James Zissler, Phd, a professor of microbiology at the University.
The allegations of the case were that the University illegally profited by selling an unlicensed drug, failed to report to the government the income it realized from selling the drug, and inflated billings on 29 federal grants. With regard to the grants, the University charged salaries and supplies to federal grants for employees who did not work, and for supplies which were not used, on the projects for which the grants had been awarded to the University by the government.
As part of the settlement, Mr. Zissler will receive $1.5 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 11/17/98