Clark Atlanta University has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal whistleblower suit that claimed the university misused federal funds. Clark Atlanta had been acting as the manager for a consortium of universities that received $24 million from the Department of Energy to train a minority workforce in the environmental sciences. The suit alleged that Clark Atlanta did not use the money for that purpose.
The whistleblower who filed the suit, Dr. August Curley, who was hired by Clark Atlanta as Program Manager for the Consortium in 1995, will receive 22 percent of the recovery.
The Office of the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta issued a press release on April 14, 2006.