Man Found Guilty in Court After Lying About Connections to China

Man Found Guilty in Court After Lying About Connections to China

( – China established its Thousand Talents Plan (TTP) in 2008 as part of a so-called effort to recruit overseas scientists. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the conviction of an American professor for lying about his connections to the TTP.

On December 21, the DOJ issued a press release announcing the conviction of former Harvard professor Dr. Charles Lieber for concealing his affiliation with the TPP, the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), and neglecting to report income from Chinese sources.

Lieber, a former chemistry department head, led Harvard’s prestigious Lieber Research Group from 2008 to 2019. The project received more than $15 million in funds from the Defense Department and the National Institutes of Health. However, Lieber didn’t inform anyone about his recruitment as a “strategic scientist” at the WUT as part of a contractual agreement under China’s TPP.

In late January 2020, federal prosecutors charged Lieber for aiding the People’s Republic of China. Then on December 21, 2021, a jury convicted Lieber on two counts each of lying to federal authorities, filing a false federal income tax return, and failure to report foreign income to the IRS.

Lieber reportedly earned as much as $50,000 a month from WUT and living expenses around $150,000 per year. Chinese authorities also provided more than $1.5 million in funding for his work at a Wuhan research laboratory.

Dr. Lieber faces from 3 to 5 years in prison on each charge and fines ranging from $100,000 to $250,000. The court hasn’t set a date for sentencing yet.

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