Wow. Sounds bad. And when you realize they’re incredibly highly paid and highly touted University of Minnesota professors, it sounds even worse. For Minnesota. The story’s been kicking around for years. UM’s been keeping them close anyway. The school seems to have separation issues.

He specializes in risk and uncertainty; she’s into the “cognitive processes underlying the interaction of people with complex systems.” So you put that together (Sainfort and Jacko are married) and you get two high-rollers who maybe figure they’ll give double dipping in the complex system that is a university a whirl …

Georgia Tech, where they used to teach, is going after them through the courts for the two full-time salaries they got even though they’d already taken jobs at Minnesota (where they also pulled down salaries). Plus it’s after them for fraudulent billing, theft of funds… pretty much everything determined faculty thieves can do.

Hold them close, Minnesota! Keep that half million dollar joint salary aloft! No doubt they are innocent, and will go on to great things.

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2 Responses to ““Sainfort was charged with 14 felonies, punishable by up to 165 years in prison and a fine of more than $1 million. Julie Jacko was charged with 11 felonies …””

  1. University Diaries » Holy Double-Dipping Duo, Batman! Says:

    [...] five years, but after tons of investigations and charges and repayments, the husband/wife team of Jacko and Sainfort at the University of Minnesota (also, at the same time, drawing money from, Georgia Tech) is taking [...]

  2. University Diaries » Your Cheatin’ Hart Says:

    [...] comparable UD can remember is that gorgeous jet-setting pair, Jacko and Sainfort, late of both Georgia Tech and the University of Minnesota. Hart kept the scam going for two years; J&S were discovered more quickly, but then Minnesota [...]

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