Maysam Ghovanloo, a tenured full professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been sentenced for violating the federal wire fraud statute in a scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Ghovanloo owned and operated Bionic Sciences, Inc. (BSI) and received federal grants through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs sponsored by NSF.
To be eligible for SBIR grant funds, Ghovanloo and BSI had to meet program-eligibility requirements, adhere to award terms and conditions, and provide only truthful information in all documents submitted to NSF.
Ghovanloo submitted certifications that contained materially false and fraudulent statements and omissions, followed by electronic payment requests to NSF.
He was sentenced to eight months home confinement, and ordered to pay $40,000 in restitution.
As part of his guilty plea and plea agreement, he resigned from his position at Georgia Tech, effective June 21, 2019, and was barred from doing business with the federal government for a period of three years.