Researcher gets 3-year prison term for covert China work
Added 05-14-21 07:03:02pm EST - “A professor in Ohio was sentenced to 37 months in prison Friday for failing to disclose work for China funded by federal grants in what prosecutors say was an immunology research fraud scheme.” - Washingtontimes.com
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A professor in Ohio was sentenced to 37 months in prison Friday for failing to disclose work for China funded by federal grants in what prosecutors say was an immunology research fraud scheme.
Song Guo Zheng, 58, of Hilliard, Ohio, pleaded guilty in November to falsifying federal applications related to $4.1 million in National Institutes of Health grants that were used to develop China’s expertise in the fields of rheumatology and immunology.
Zheng also was ordered to pay more than $3.4 million in payments to NIH and $413,000 to Ohio State University, where he worked on research projects conducted jointly with Penn State University.
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The professor was prosecuted under the Justice Department’s China Initiative that since 2017 has cracked down on illicit research done as part of China’s Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese government scheme to obtain American high technology and expertise.
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