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Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application
Former USC professor pleads guilty to lying on grant application

A former USC professor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal fraud charge of lying on a U.S. Department of Energy research grant application, authorities said. Alexander Tartakovsky, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement on an application he submitted to the Energy Department on behalf of his company, Argo Science Corp., the Internal Revenue Service said.   In June 2009, he signed a small-business innovation and research application seeking nearly $100,000. Tartakovsky stated on the application that his primary employment would be with Argo at the time of the award, but USC was his main employer. From 1998 to 2012 Tartakovsky worked full time at USC as a...

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