College of Staten Island professor pays $65K after he steered state to buy software from his own firm

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An assistant physics professor at the College of Staten Island has paid nearly $65,000 in fines and restitution after improperly steering the state to purchase high-tech research software from a company that he covertly owned, authorities said.

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics said the professor, Dr. Yasha Yi, violated the section of the Public Officers Law which prohibits state employees from participating in contracting decisions involving payment of more than $1,000 to that employee.

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