Indictment alleges former WVU professor stole over $25k in grant funding

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Additional details of two federal indictments accusing a former WVU professor accused of stealing more than $25,000 in federal grant funding have been released.

Kevin He

Federal prosecutors announced on Oct. 20 that Xinjian “Kevin” He, 41, who was a professor in WVU’s College of Engineering, allegedly embezzled money from a federal grant.

According to the indictment, between March 20, 2018 and Nov. 12, 2018, He embezzled $8,360.36 in federal grant money. Then, He is accused of stealing $16,997.46 from Nov. 24, 2018, and Nov. 19, 2019. He allegedly used the money to buy clothes, furniture, home goods and electronics for his personal use.

The indictment was first handed up in November 2020 but remained sealed because he fled the country. He was arrested last month, on Sept. 26, when he entered the U.S. from Canada. He was arrested in New York.

He appeared for a hearing in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg Monday and was ordered to remain in custody because he’s considered a flight risk.

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