Michelle Harris entered a plea in Fulton County Superior Court this morning to one count of racketeering, a felony under
Michelle Harris was employed as a program coordinator by Georgia Tech’s
“Ten years in prison is a clear message that violating the public trust will not be tolerated in
Ms. Harris had access to multiple accounts funded with federal and private grants through her position at Georgia Tech, including grants from the National Science Foundation. Georgia Tech has reimbursed those grant accounts for the theft, and all restitution paid by Ms. Harris will go directly to Georgia Tech.
The fraud was initially discovered during a State Department of Audits review of purchasing card activity, and the case was investigated through the joint efforts of the Audit Department, the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Internal Auditing at Georgia Tech. Assistant Attorney General Laura Pfister prosecuted the case for the Office of the Attorney General.