NOAA Grantee Sentenced for Misusing Funds
January 20, 2009
A NOAA grantee pled guilty on charges of violating 18 USC § 666, prohibiting theft concerning federal programs. The employee misappropriated NOAA funds on multiple occasions in May 2006, when he withdrew a total of $60,000 from a $109,886 grant to buy, among other things, methamphetamines and a Rolex watch. The one-year grant had been awarded for the purpose of developing a small boat tuna pole and line training program to train 40 native Hawaiian people in fishing techniques. On January 20, 2009, the individual was sentenced to a year plus one day of incarceration in federal prison, followed by three years' supervised release. The defendant was also ordered to pay restitution for the full amount of $60,000.00 and pay a special assessment of $100.00.