Phi Beta Cons

74-Year-Old Prof Allegedly Ran Meth Lab

Septuagenarian Irina Kristy has taught math at Boston University for decades. But now investigators claim she was involved in a very different kind of business on the side: a meth lab.

Mathematics Instructor Irina Kristy (photo credit Boston University/

Mathematics Instructor Irina Kristy (photo credit Boston University/

Hustlin’ to make ends meet? If the allegations prove true, this story could be viewed as an argument for higher academic salaries. How else to keep our nation’s disadvantaged academics from turning to lives of crime in their golden years?

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