COLLEGE PARK PROFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction on felony theft charges of Evaggelos Geraniotis, 46, a former tenured University of Maryland, College Park professor who resides in Potomac, Maryland.
Geraniotis, who during the time in question was a Professor in the Universitys Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, admitted stealing $43,080.57 from the University and its foundation by submitting fraudulent travel reimbursement requests between 1998 and 2000. Specifically, he claimed that 61 trips he had taken during that time period were business-related and sought reimbursement for the expenses he incurred on the trips, such as air fare, hotels and car rentals. The University reimbursed him a total of $43,080.57. In fact, each one of these trips was personal in nature; none of them was in any way related to university business.
"Mr. Geraniotis simply took 61 personal trips in a two-year span and lied about the expenses he incurred, claiming they were business-related," Attorney General Curran said. "In feeding his personal greed, he disregarded the trust placed in him by the University of Maryland, the teaching profession and the students he was charged with instructing."
The improprieties were discovered in an internal audit, and the findings relayed to the Attorney General for prosecution.
Prince Georges County Circuit Court Judge Maureen M. LeMasney accepted the plea and delayed sentencing until April 12, 2002. As part of the plea agreement, Geraniotis resigned his position at the University. He has also repaid the University the $43,080.57 that he admitted stealing.