The McGlynn: The original article, posted on March 8, 2010, has been withdrawn. Verification of the facts in the main part of the article, especially identifying Poul Thorsen as the scientist, can not be verified at this time and may not be in the future. The following is an article from the Copenhagen Post. Paul Thorsen is not identified as the scientist.
Former research leader suspected of fraud now living in US and has not been questioned by police
Aarhus University has confirmed that a former head of research at its North Atlantic Neuro-Epidemiology Alliances department has committed possible fraud totalling up to 10 million kroner against several of the school’s research partners, reports Århus Stiftstidende newspaper.
Until last March, the man was head of an 80 million kroner joint research project between the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Southern Denmark and Aarhus University.
Jørgen Jørgensen, Aarhus University’s rector, confirmed that police charges have been filed against the former researcher and that it concerns a sum of around 10 million kroner. Numerous applications for funding for the research were apparently signed with forged signatures.
The scientist – who is reportedly living and working in Atlanta in the US – resigned from his post last March. But he allegedly continued to pass himself off as the head of the international project, which dealt primarily with research into the possible causes of autism.
Aarhus University also claims that the researcher took another permanent position at Emory University in the US while still heading the Danish-based project.
Danish police said they were still investigating the case but had not yet sought cooperation from US authorities in the matter. They also have yet to question the man in connection with the case.
‘When we’ve gone through everything then we’ll decide whether there are sufficient grounds to charge the researcher or any others for forgery or fraud,’ said Børge Frandsen of East Jutland Police.