Ex-space station official used government funds to meet prostitutes, indictment alleges

Tampa Bay Times | 4/16/2019 | Staff
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TAMPA — A former administrator for the nonprofit that manages the national laboratory of the International Space Station has been indicted on federal charges that he used government funds to pay for high-end prostitutes.

Charles R. Resnick faces a 10-count indictment that includes charges of wire fraud and making a false tax return.

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Resnick, 68, who lives in Tampa, was a consultant and later the director of economic evaluation and chief economist for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, known as CASIS. It’s a nonprofit funded by NASA to manage the ISS National Laboratory of the International Space Station.

The indictment accuses Resnick of arranging to meet escorts and prostitutes in places like London and New York City, then fabricating hotel letters and receipts to conceal the nature of his trips. He used the faked documents to obtain reimbursements for his travel expenses, prosecutors allege.

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The charging document also accuses Resnick of understating his income and seeking improper tax deductions on expenses for which he had been reimbursed.

“A taxpayer could not deduct expenses for escorts and prostitution as business-related expenses,” the indictment states.

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Part of the indictment references six emails and requests for reimbursement that Resnick is said to have sent between the years 2011 and 2015. One email was sent in October 2011 to a...
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