University of New Hampshire

Former Researcher Pleads Guilty to Misusing University of New Hampshire Credit Card

A former University of New Hampshire researcher has pleaded guilty to misusing a credit card for federal research grant expenses to charge nearly $7,000 worth of merchandise online.

Prosecutors say 46-year-old Jichun Zhang submitted fictitious receipts for the expenses. The university made payments on the card and obtained reimbursement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which provided the grant.

Zhang was a research associate professor for UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.

Zhang will be sentenced on March 27, 2019. Earlier this month, another researcher had pleaded guilty to a similar offense, for charging over $82,000 worth of items to a credit card.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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