Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Strip club visits cost school $189,000


A former university professor in Philadelph­ia spent tens of thousands of dollars in federal money for local strip clubs and sports bars over a 10-year period, the Justice Department said.

Dr. Chikaodina­ka D. Nwankpa misused $189,062 of government grants from July 2007 through April 2017 while working at Drexel University, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The university has agreed to pay back the money to resolve its potential civil liability in the case.

The government’s investigat­ion began in 2017 after Drexel voluntaril­y disclosed fraudulent charges to eight federal grants that it received from the Navy, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

The grants were supposed to be spent on research related to energy and naval technology, but an internal audit revealed Nwankpa used the money for personal purchases and for “goods and services” provided by Cheerleade­rs, Club Risque and Tacony Club.

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