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Alaska Man Allegedly Spent Federal Grants On Porn, Guns

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Ethan Barton Managing Editor

An Alaska man was indicted Thursday on charges that he spent $315,000 in federal grants on guns and porn, among other personal purchases.

David Michael McGraw, 38, of Fairbanks, Alaska, faces seven counts for “willfully misapplying” Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy grants, announced Bryan Schroder, the U.S. attorney for the district of Alaska.

The Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, a nonprofit where McGraw served as finance director from 2010 to 2014, received $1 million in federal grants over the four-year period. McGraw spent $315,000 on personal purchases, including the buying of and maintenance on an airplane, flight school, real estate, more than a dozen firearms and porn websites, according to the indictment.

McGraw allegedly diverted the money from the nonprofit to two corporations he had established to make the purchases. He also allegedly filed false income tax returns from 2011 through 2013.

The Alaskan faces a 10-year prison sentence if he’s convicted for misapplying federal funds and money laundering, up to three years for filing false tax returns and a $250,000 fine.

McGraw is scheduled for arraignment on May 8 in federal court, Fairbanks’ Daily New News-Miner reported.

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