Upstate Medical University official placed on leave over questionable claims

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he State University of New York has placed a high-ranking official on leave after it was revealed that he may have fabricated a series of claims in a speech he made last fall.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 11:40 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The State University of New York has placed a high-ranking official on leave after it was revealed that he may have fabricated a series of claims in a speech he made last fall.

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The Times Union reports SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse announced Sunday it has placed its chief of staff Sergio Garcia on leave while it investigates his claims.

The $340,000-a-year senior vice president said in a videotaped speech that he was at the scene of what he said was a 2011 bombing in Afghanistan, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is his close friend.

The newspaper has reported that the bombing Garcia described actually happened in 2013, after he had already left the country.

University officials have declined requests for comment from Garcia.

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