Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko indicted in U of M salary double-dip

Sainfort and Jacko were indicted in Georgia.
Sainfort and Jacko were indicted in Georgia.
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University of Minnesota professors Francois Sainfort and Julie Jacko, a husband and wife team, are no longer just suspected money grubbers, they're alleged criminals.

The pair were indicted by a Fulton County, Georgia, Grand Jury today on charges that they conspired to simultaneously earn full-time salaries from both Georgia Tech and the U of M, lied about the dual employment, and fraudulently billed Tech for bogus travel.

Reportedly no paupers at the time, Sainfort [bio] was pulling down a $265,000 annual salary at the U, and Jacko [bio] earned $204,000 a year, when their gambit exposed. The couple specializes in crunching massive amounts of data in the School of Public Health.

Their talents were worth millions of dollars in grant money to Georgia Tech, starting in 2002. The U recruited them for the same assets in 2007. Their alleged double dipping came to light in 2008.

Both professors face a string of felony charges. If convicted, Sainfort could serve up to 165 years, and Jacko 115 years behind bars.

Call it a sabbatical.

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