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UI professor accused of misusing thousands of dollars

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The University of Iowa says a professor misused thousands of dollars.

According to state auditor documents, Dr. Michael Flatté, professor and former director of the Optical Science Technology Center in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, listed the university as a conference sponsor on multiple occasions. The investigation shows this happened without proper authorization by the university. 

Documents show Flatté collected registration fees through a private company he owns, and even received reimbursement from the university for conference-related expenses in the amount of  $47,203.81.

In addition, Flatté collected $44,161.69 in registration fees used to administer the conference that would have been deposited in university accounts had the conferences been approved.

The state auditor also raised concerns about the purchase of three assistive robots by the faculty member for a total of $8,440.17.

Copies of the report have been filed with the University’s Department of Public Safety, the Board of Regents’ Office of Internal Audit, the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Johnson County Attorney’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office.

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