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A biology professor has been arrested for diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from shark research

A biology professor has been arrested for diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from shark research

Christine Beddor faces serious charges of diverting funds intended for shark studies, putting the future of research and conservation at risk. (Image illustration, Infobae/Grice Connect)

Christine Baddourrespected professor of biology at Georgia Southern University And a prominent participant in the series SharkFest to National Geographic, was arrested on serious charges. According to reports received from Bradenton Police Department Confirmed before Fox13The 44-year-old faces charges for allegedly diverting more than $300,000 in funds intended for the study of sharks and rays for her personal use.

The charges include conspiracy to defraud over $50,000 and criminal use of personal identification over $100,000, both first-degree felonies.

The investigation, which began in November 2023, focused on Baddour's financial activities in his capacity as the company's treasurer American Elasmobranch Society (AES)a non-profit organization dedicated to marine research.

Over a period of more than five years, Badur conducted multiple electronic transactions to embezzle money for personal expenses, including medical procedures, car purchases, subscription services, pet insurance, travel and entertainment, police said.

“Losing at least $300,000 because someone wanted to park a car, perform surgery, or engage in personal services should be a huge insult to the scientific community you belong to,” he said. Meredith CinsoloMedia Officer at Bradenton Police Department.

Not only does this theft represent a breach of trust within the scientific community, it also threatens to undermine their vital research and conservation work. Architectural and engineering services.

The embezzled funds were used for personal expenses, including travel and entertainment. (Bradenton Police Department)

from Architectural and engineering servicesA statement was issued emphasizing disappointment and continued commitment to its core mission. “However, our members continue important research and conservation work that supports our mission,” the organization said, stressing its firm will to support future generations of scientists in the discovery and conservation of living organisms. Sharks, Strips And Illusion.

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the Georgia Southern University It has also taken action, indicating that it is cooperating with the authorities and following its own policies to address the situation. Accordingly, Bador's unauthorized financial transactions, including those relating to samples and laboratory equipment used by the defendant, are now being reviewed.

This incident highlighted the importance of integrity and vigilance within scientific and educational organizations. As the investigation continues, authorities are urging those with additional information to contact a detective Michael Carpenter Subordinate Bradenton Police Department.

Although shocked by this scandal, the scientific community is demonstrating its resilience and unwavering dedication to marine conservation, ensuring that such actions do not diminish the momentum towards research and protection of these vital species of marine ecosystems.