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USC to review grants of sued pharmacy researcher

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The University of South Carolina says it will review the grants of a researcher accused of misspending federal money in his previous job.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago announced this week that Northwestern University agreed to pay $3 million to settle a whistleblower's lawsuit involving alleged cancer research fraud. The lawsuit claimed the university allowed researcher Charles Bennett to submit false claims under grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Bennett allegedly billed expenses for family trips, meals and hotels for himself and friends. He also allegedly billed consulting fees for unqualified friends and relatives, including his brother and cousin.

Bennett's attorney denies the allegations. The complaint against him is pending.

He joined South Carolina's School of Pharmacy in 2010. USC says it knows no details of the lawsuit or settlement.

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