ERC confirms it is seeking return of €190,000 in first case of fraud recorded at agency
OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, this week confirmed an unnamed Greek scientist de-frauded the European Research Council (ERC) of roughly €190,000.
“A complex fraud involving a Greek scientist and her network of international researchers has been uncovered by investigators,” OLAF said.
The case involves a grant of €1.1 million from the ERC to an unnamed Greek university. The money was intended to finance a research project run by a young female scientist, whose father was employed at the university, and was said to involve a network of more than 40 researchers from around the world.
The fraud team became suspicious when it discovered how the international researchers involved in the research project were being paid.