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Employee stole $150K with faked sperm donations

An ex-employee at this donation clinic faces jail time for faking a few “donations” for herself.

Adrienne Boothe, a 20-year research associate at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, was in charge of collecting male sperm for analysis as part of the Contraceptive Research and Development Program (CONRAD).

The program received an annual grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to perform diagnostic research related to microbicide development, and offered volunteers $30 per sperm donation.

Between January 2003 and January 2010, Boothe created false donor information sheets and reimbursement documents for samples that were never collected (or even existed, for that matter). She then pocketed the $30 for each fake sample. All told, Boone collected more than $150,000 during her seven-year con — more than 5,000 faked donations.

She’ll be sentenced on Dec. 13, and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for her crimes.

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