In a scenario more familiar on Wall Street than in American universities, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has become the first educational institution in the US to make a deal to avoid criminal prosecution. The trustees of the university have accepted an administrator who will oversee its expenses and management for at least two years in an effort to clean up “gross mismanagement” and “illegal conduct”. Apart from allegations of conflict of interest, donations to political candidates, excessive bonuses for executives, and no-bid contracts, prosecutors say that the university deliberately over billed Medicaid by tens of millions of dollars.
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