There has been an uptick in cases of academic fraud being reported in the mainstream media.
With websites like retraction watch tracking the general field of things.
Popular commentators such as Pete Judo covering famous cases.
And professional researchers such as Elisabeth Bik exposing cases.
At this point I am curious as an American citizen and American tax payer how much of the fraudulent research that is being exposed has been funded by grants that are in part supported by my taxes.
Obviously it will be a drop in a bucket but instead of thinking about profitability but morality, is there any chance I can sue the fraudulent individuals for effectively scamming me out of "$10" worth of research (say out of the Q dollars I spent only "$10" ended up in a grant consumed by fraudulent researcher X that year).
The way I see it I have been damaged by this fraudulent research since my expectation that the money would be spent of legitimate research ended up being false. I can't guarantee that some "breakthrough" or discovery necessarily would happen but I was entitled for that tax payer money to have it spent on legitimate research with legitimate scientific content. I wonder if I can sue for the damages of not having received this research.
My motivation behind this is to create a chilling effect of "engaging in academic fraud can result in you being sued into bankruptcy, so don't get caught engaging in outright fraud such as data fabrication"