SAPPORO (Kyodo) Prosecutors Tuesday charged Japanese seismologist Hideki Shimamura with swindling Hokkaido University out of 20.2 million yen in school property — five seismographs and peripheral equipment — that he allegedly sold to Norway’s University of Bergen in the late 1990s.

Shimamura, 64, a former professor at Hokkaido University and an expert on undersea earthquakes, has denied the allegations, the prosecutors said.

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