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Academic gets four years in jail for £2.5m grant fraud

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An academic and former employee of the University of Cambridge who admitted defrauding green energy funders out of millions has been sentenced to four years behind bars.

Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi, 38, was sentenced at Blackfriars Court on 21 December. The former fellow at Churchill College fraudulently obtained £2.5 million from funders including Innovate UK and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, pocketing £1 million for himself.

In a previous hearing, on 12 October, the academic had pleaded guilty to 13 counts of fraud.

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