Former Drexel University Prof Accused of Spending $185,000 in Grant Money on Strippers, Sports Bars

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 1/20/2020 | Mary Chastain
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Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, 57, was charged this week with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, both felonies, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Nwankpa is the former chairman of the university’s Engineering Department, a news release said. It was unclear how the grant money was earmarked to be used.

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“Mr. Nwankpa inappropriately and criminally diverted tens of thousands of dollars that were allocated for research purposes toward his own private enjoyment. He betrayed Drexel University and tuition-paying students he was paid to educate,” District Attorney Larry Krasner said.

CNN has tried to contact Nwankpa but has not yet reached him and has not determined whether he has legal representation.

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Nwankpa’s alleged spending was noticed when an audit showed multiple unauthorized and “no receipt” purchases between 2010 and 2017, according to the release. The professor tried to pass...
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