Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., said it has been subpoenaed for information as part of a joint investigation into research grant fraud by HHS' inspector general's office and the U.S. Justice Department. Mayo spokesman Chris Gade said the system is determining the scope of the subpoenas, which were issued Nov. 7. "It's a civil, not a criminal, inquiry and we're cooperating fully," Gade said. "The investigation is being coordinated by the U.S. attorney in Minneapolis and other federal agencies for federal funding from 1992 to the present. At this point, we don't know the source of the investigation." The clinic, which owns four hospitals and the separate 14-hospital Mayo Health System, is one of the largest recipients of federal research grants, receiving $140.4 million in 2002 from the National Institutes of Health alone. The inspector general's office previously has said research grant fraud is one area of current investigation. In 2000, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, paid $2.6 million to settle a civil False Claims Act lawsuit alleging research grant fraud. -- by Mark Taylor
Mayo subpoenaed in probe of research grant fraud
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