MU professor says complaints led to tenure denial

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A University of Missouri professor says he was denied tenure for reporting the possible misuse of federal grants.

Wildlife biologist Dylan Kesler filed a 2013 complaint under the federal False Claims Act. He says two colleagues in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences improperly paid their spouses at least $130,000 from large pools of scientific research money while the women remained home with newborns.

The Justice Department recently decided to not pursue the case but says Kesler can continue to litigate on the government’s behalf. Kesler says he can’t afford his own legal fight.

A university spokeswoman says Kessler’s allegations are unfounded.

Kesler’s tenure bid was rejected after he was accused of research misconduct by the same people named in the complaint.

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