Copenhagen Police have dropped embezzlement and fraud charges against neuroscientist Milena Penkowa.
Penkowa was accused by the national neuroscience society, Dansk Selskab for Neurovidenskab, of embezzlement and documentation fraud in 2010 and was in March of that year suspended from her job at the University of Copenhagen (KU). The university then pressed charges against Penkowa on suspicions that she had provided false documentation and photographs of experiments involving 700 rats. In August 2012, a year-long investigation found 15 instances of scientific malpractice in Penkowa’s 79 published articles. The malpractice includes missing data, irregularities in the number of recorded tests of animals, and the manipulation of photographs that illustrated the neuroscientist's results.