BALTIMORE (AP) — A professor at Morgan State University has been indicted in a plot to fraudulently obtain research grants from the National Science Foundation.

Manoj Kumar Jha, 45, of Severn was indicted Wednesday on seven counts.

According to the indictment, Jha received $200,000 in grant funds for a highway project. Prosecutors say Jha falsely claimed on the application that a company Jha headed would work on the project and had eight employees. Prosecutors also allege that Jha said he would take time off from full-time teaching at Morgan to work on the project.

The indictment says those statements were false and that Jha used the money to pay personal expenses.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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