A former UW-Madison soybean expert was sentenced to four years in prison and 12 years probation Wednesday for embezzling $450,000 from UW and failing to pay taxes.
In April, agronomy professor Edward Oplinger plead no contest for felony theft and felony tax evasion after he directed research money into a private account between 1992 and 1999, and failed to pay taxes on the money in 1995 and 1996.
“I wish I was standing up here and saying it was all a mistake, that I
didn’t do it or that someone else did it,” Oplinger, 58, was quoted as saying in the Wisconsin State Journal. “But I can’t. I can’t blame anyone else but myself for these actions.”
The professor retired in July 2000 after a university investigation revealed the scandal.
Oplinger will be eligible for parole in one year, and will continue to receive a $110,000 a year pension from UW, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.