ATLANTA — A former Georgia Tech professor has pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation (NSF). Maysam Ghovanloo, 46, of Atlanta, has pleaded guilty to violating the federal wire fraud statute while he owned a company called Bionic Sciences Inc. (BSI), and was also a Tech professor.
Ghovanloo and BSI received federal grants through Small Business Innovation Research programs sponsored by NSF. To be eligible for the grants, Ghovanloo and BSI had to meet eligibility requirements and provide only truthful information. Instead, Ghovanloo submitted false information and omissions, followed by electronic payment requests to NSF.