Biology Professor Charged with Stealing $300,000 from Shark and Stingray Research Funds

Georgia Southern University biology professor and National Geographic featured researcher, Christine Bedore, 44, surrendered to police in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday after being charged with stealing over $300,000 from funds dedicated to shark and stingray research. Bedore, a Georgia native, also served as the treasurer for the non-profit organization American Elasmobranch Society (AES), which conducts marine biology research.

According to police, the president of AES reported in November that Bedore had been embezzling money from the organization’s checking and savings accounts. Over a span of five years, Bedore allegedly made transactions totaling at least $300,000, diverting the funds for personal expenses such as medical procedures, a vehicle, subscription services, utilities, pet insurance, travel, and entertainment.

Bedore now faces charges of scheming to defraud more than $50,000 and criminal use of personal identification in excess of $100,000, both of which are first-degree felonies.

In response to Bedore’s arrest, AES expressed their disappointment, stating, “The news of Bedore’s arrest is very unfortunate. However, our members remain committed to the important research and conservation work that supports our mission. We will continue to dedicate ourselves to supporting the next generation of scientists in the discovery and conservation of sharks, skates, and rays.”

Georgia Southern University has stated that it is following its own policies to address the situation.

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3 Responses

  1. Wow, this is a shocking story! It’s unfortunate to hear about a respected researcher like Christine Bedore being involved in such a serious crime. It’s important to hold individuals accountable for their actions, regardless of their professional background. This incident serves as a reminder that even those in positions of authority can make poor choices. I hope that justice is served and that this incident does not tarnish the reputation of Georgia Southern University or the field of biology.

  2. What are the potential consequences of a respected researcher betraying the trust of their colleagues and stealing funds meant for important scientific research?

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