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Former U of L Dean Wanted More Funds, Federal Probe Reveals

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Just days before a federal investigation over his handling of a $694,000 education grant became public, former University of Louisville dean Robert Felner tried to tap two other university funds to cover some grant-related expenses, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports in its Sunday edition.

According to e-mails obtained by The Courier-Journal in an open-records request, Felner sought in June to use money from a university endowment and an unrelated account -- totaling as much as $170,000 -- to help pay for research costs that were supposed to be covered by the $694,000 federal grant, the C-J reports.

Felner has not answered calls regarding the investigation or the grant. His attorney, Scott C. Cox, said late this week that he had no comment on the e-mails outlining Felner's request for additional funds.

University spokesman John Drees also declined to comment on the e-mails yesterday, citing an ongoing federal investigation that became public June 20. He said that the funds Felner was trying to access remain unspent at the university, the newspaper reports.

According to the e-mails the newspaper obtained, Felner wanted $120,000 in endowed fund money to pay for surveys and data collection that was to be done by the National Center on Public Education and Prevention Inc. in Illinois, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.

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