Posted April 14, 2018 12:16:31The civil engineering student accused of falsely reporting his academic achievement to gain funding from a private engineering company was found not guilty Thursday of the felony charge, prosecutors said.
Christopher B. Deere, 26, of Arlington, Texas, had been charged with two felony counts each of misuse of government funds, a misdemeanor.
Prosecutors said he lied about completing his academic work, falsifying academic records, and tampering with data in an attempt to gain a government grant.
Deere did not comment as he left the Travis County courthouse, his attorney, David Haddad, said in a statement.
He has been ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution.
He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Deore graduated from Texas Tech University in 2016 and had enrolled in a master’s degree in civil engineering in December.