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UB researcher used actors to fake testimony

BUFFALO — A former University at Buffalo addictions researcher has been accused of hiring professional actors to pose as people familiar with his work during an investigation into whether he fabricated data.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office says William Fals-Stewart paid three actors to testify by phone during a misconduct hearing in 2007 — and then sued the state for $4 million when the false testimony helped exonerate him.

Prosecutors say Fals-Stewart duped the actors, telling them the hearing was a mock-trial.

He’s charged with attempted grand larceny, perjury, identity theft and falsifying business records.

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