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Former Professor Ordered to Reimburse George Washington University for Embezzlement of Fund From DOT-funded Research Center

On December 19, Paul G. Bedewi, former deputy director of the DOT-funded National Crash Analysis Center in Ashburn, Virginia and a former adjunct professor at George Washington University (GWU), was sentenced to serve 5 months in prison and ordered to pay $80,440 in restitution to GWU. Bedewi pled guilty in October 2005 to one felony count of theft from programs receiving federal funds. Bedewi was charged with embezzling $78,602 in DOT and GWU research funds between August 2002 and June 2004 through illegal stipends and unallowable purchases. Our investigation found that Bedewi caused the Center to issue $36,150 in unauthorized and fraudulent graduate assistant stipends to his wife. Bedewi also used a university purchase card to make $42,452 in unauthorized purchases.

Paul Bedewi is the cousin of Nabih Bedewi, a former GWU engineering professor and former director of the Center, who was sentenced in June 2005 to over 3 years in prison and ordered to pay $872,221 in restitution for embezzling nearly $1 million in DOT and GWU research funds.