A federal jury found a former University of Kansas professor guilty after he hid his work with a government university in China under the Chinese Communist Party. According to a Department of Justice press release, Professor Feng Tao performed research under contracts with the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. He stopped working on numerous events to reveal that he likewise held a position as Distinguished Professor at Fuzhou University in China. Tao was founded guilty of 3 counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements.
“The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) required faculty to file annual reports to notify of any outside employment that did or could impact duties as a conflict of interest. Tao didn’t seek permission from KU before entering the agreement with Fuzhou University, didn’t notify KU about the employment, and lied to conceal the employment,” the Justice Department explained. “In December 2018, the defendant moved to China to work full-time at Fuzhou University, while falsely telling KU administrators that he was in Europe.”
Tao is now looking at 20 years in federal prison and a fine of approximately $250,000 for wire scams– in addition to approximately 10 years and a fine of approximately $250,000 on each of the program scams counts.
The news of Tao’s conviction comes only one week after Xiaoqing Zheng– a previous staff member at a GE Power plant in New York state– was founded guilty of conspiracy to take trade secrets on behalf of the Chinese federal government.
“Zheng conspired to steal trade secrets from his employer, GE, and transfer this information to his business partner in China, so they could enrich both themselves and companies receiving support from the PRC government,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division explained. “This is the kind of exploitation of our economy and open society that the Department will continue to counter relentlessly.”
“Today’s verdict holds Xiaoqing Zheng accountable for betraying his employer and trying to help China cheat in the global marketplace,” U.S. Attorney Carla Freedman for the Northern District of New York added. “With our law enforcement partners, we will continue to investigate and prosecute individuals who connive to steal trade secrets and valuable technology from the innovative companies doing cutting-edge work in our district.”
In 2020, Harvard University chemistry and engineering teacher Charles Lieber was indicted and charged with making incorrect declarations to federal authorities about his supposed involvement in the Thousand Talents program– a Chinese-run effort that looks to draw in American researchers to advance China’s technological advancement. Lieber was later on found guilty.
The communist federal government likewise uses pressure to Chinese students’ habits to guarantee that they are not speaking adversely of their house country’s program. In one such occurrence, the household of Zhihao Kong– a trainee at Purdue University– was visited by Chinese government representatives after Kong took part in an online practice session celebration for the Tiananmen Square massacre. Purdue President Mitch Daniels, later on, sent out a letter to students, personnel, and professors discussing that administrators had actually discovered the event.
H/T The Daily Wire