Former Penn cancer researcher indicted

A former University of Pennsylvania cancer researcher used Department of Defense research money to fund a for-profit business, according to an indictment by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Steven W. Johnson, 49, of Elkins Park, faces a maximum prison term of 210 years, a three-year period of supervised release, and a $2.75 million fine if convicted, the U.S. attorney's office said.

The 11-count indictment said that the defense department paid $655,938 to Penn for Johnson's research from June 2007 through December 2009, but it does not specify how much was used for Johnson's business. No one answered the phone at Johnson's house in Elkins Park. - Harold Brubaker