Taxpayer funded scientists falsify data, steal ideas
Research councils confirm cases, refuse to reveal identities
"Canada's lead research agencies have confirmed several cases of scientific misconduct, plagiarism and fraud by scientists and doctors spending federal tax dollars."
In two cases, researchers have been handed three-year suspensions for "academic dishonesty," according to documents obtained by CanWest News Service. In another, a Canadian post-doctoral student vanished from a foreign university, allegedly taking his taxpayer-financed scholarship with him.
Other researchers -- some of them senior scientists -- have been caught plagiarizing, trying to steal their colleagues' ideas and falsifying result reports.
However, that is about all Canadian taxpayers can expect to learn about the cases from the federal government. Officials at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) say they cannot, under federal privacy law, identity researchers involved in misconduct.