Long history to NSF investigation of Purdue professor

A West Lafayette woman said she's been in contact with the National Science Foundation for more than a year, over the investigation of a Purdue professor and his wife - all because of the home she bought.

Posted: Jul. 19, 2018 11:40 PM
Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 9:21 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A West Lafayette woman said she's been in contact with the National Science Foundation for more than a year, over the investigation of a Purdue professor and his wife - all because of the home she bought.

Online property records pointed to two homes either currently or previously owned by Purdue Professor Qingyou Han and his wife Lu Shao, who have been indicted after being accused of a fraud situation.

One of those may have been the property at the center of the suspicious rental. Shao bought and paid "rent" to herself with grant funds.

News 18 spoke to that home's current owner, Patricia Crowder, who said she bought the home from the couple in January of 2017.

Crowder said about six months after moving in, she was contacted by the NSF.

The organization has been in contact with her ever since, via email and phone calls. Investigators also made a visit to her home. 

Crowder said they asked her a lot of questions during the visit, some that stood out more than others.

"They came to my house about six months after I moved in, they wanted to look around they had a few questions for me," Crowder said. "They wanted to know about smells and stains and plug-ins and stuff like that. They wanted to know if I knew the people and I didn't."

Crowder also said the property did register as a business on the internet when she first bought it but was changed shortly after.

News 18 also visited another address that the couple had been associated with. Neighbors there say they couldn't confirm what couple currently lives in the house, but added the neighborhood as a whole is pretty private.

Neighbors said if someone had been up to something, they wouldn't have even noticed.

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