Friday, August 30, 2013

Central Michigan University professor charged with embezzlement

A Central Michigan University psychology professor is accused of embezzling money by creating fake participants in research and pocketing the money.

In addition to embezzlement by an agent or trustee between $20,000 and $50,000, Justin Dohoon Oh-Lee is charged in Isabella County with false pretenses between $20,000 and $50,000.

Oh-Lee’s next court date is Thursday at 8:15 a.m. in Judge William Rush’s Mt. Pleasant courtroom.

Oh-Lee, 50, of Mt. Pleasant is free in lieu of $100,000 bond. He is accused of keeping thousands of dollars in funds that were earmarked to pay participants in a Parkinson’s disease research program, according to court records, allegedly gambling the money at the Soaring Eagle Casino.

A senior auditor at CMU contacted university police in April after finding account irregularities in Oh-Lee’s professional development account, according to court records.

Some of Oh-Lee’s research involved research that compensated participants with stipends.

Another CMU employee in November 2012 was performing an unrelated transfer in a CMU account that held Oh-Lee’s research funds when she saw “higher than anticipated participant stipend activity,” according to court records.

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