Center for Disease Control Scientist Indicted for Fraud

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Center Disease Control (CDC) researcher Poul Thorsen was indicted in Atlanta by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and defrauding research institutions of grant money. Poul Thorson is a scientist who worked for the CDC and oversaw millions of dollars in grant money that was used to conduct research to prove that vaccines have no link to autism.   Thorsen was awarded grant money by the CDC as far back as the 1990s. He arranged for the grant money to be awarded to an entity in Denmark, where he provided input and guidance for the Autism research projects.  From 2000 to 2009, the CDC awarded eleven million dollars in grant money to two Denmark government agencies to study possible link between vaccines and autism.  In 2002 Thorsen moved to Denmark and became the principal investigator for the grant money and was responsible for administering the research money that the CDC awarded.

According to the Department of Justice Thorsen began allegedly stealing grant money by submitting fraudulent expense documents that were supposedly related to the Danish study. These fraudulent expense documents were given to the Danish government.  Thorsen allegedly submitted over a dozen fraudulent invoices requesting reimbursement for expenses that were fabricated.  Aarhus University then transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars to bank accounts held at the CDC Federal Credit Union in Atlanta.  But those bank accounts were not official CDC accounts at all. They were allegedly private bank accounts belonging to Dr. Poul Thorsen.  Once the money was transferred into the private accounts he then withdrew it for his own personal use.  Dr. Poul Thorsen allegedly defrauded the scientific research community of over one million dollars.

Title: CDC Vaccine Scientist Who Downplayed Links To Autism Indicted By DOJ In Alleged Fraud Scheme

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