A former high-level official at the National Cancer Institute was charged yesterday by federal authorities with illegally accepting $25,000 to do testing and research for an outside firm and lying about his connections to that firm.
Dr. Prem S. Sarin, 57, was deputy director of the institute's laboratory for tumor cell biology. The government alleges that on Jan. 25, 1987, the Homborg Degussa Pharma research firm paid Dr. Sarin $25,000 "for conducting and causing to be conducted virological testing research." Extensive research into the causes of the AIDS virus are being conducted at the laboratory.
The government also charges that on March 12, 1987, Dr. Sarin stated in a required disclosure form that he had agreed to "consult and lecture" at the research firm and that he would be paid no more than $4,500 a year.