There is going to be a crackdown on this sort of thing. It has been going on for a few months already. This professor is facing 20 years in prison, if guilty.

FOX News reports:

Arkansas professor allegedly hid China ties to secure NASA grant money

A University of Arkansas engineering professor was charged with wire fraud for failing to disclose his close ties to the Chinese government and businesses while trying to secure federal grants from NASA, the Justice Department said Monday.

Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 63, of Fayetteville, received more than $5 million in federal funding for research projects but violated university policy in failing to reveal his ties to Beijing. The alleged deception resulted in wire transfers being sent from NASA to the school based on his alleged fraudulent misrepresentations.

He was arrested Friday and made a court appearance Monday.

The investigation into Ang began when a library employee found an email between Ang and a Chinese researcher, the Arkansas Times reported.

“You can search the Chinese website regarding what the US will do to Thousand Talent Scholars,” Ang reportedly wrote in an email. “Not many people here know I am one of them but if this leaks out, my job here will be in deep troubles.”

Ang, who started his employment with the university in 1988 and made an annual salary of $168,192, was suspended without pay, a spokesperson told Fox News.

Arkansas Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican, said Ang’s case represents a microcosm into Beijing’s efforts to target American enterprises.

“From our supply chain to academia, they are employing all tools to try and subvert our institutions and steal proprietary information.,” he said in a statement. “The Chinese Communist Party – and anyone supporting their hostile and illegal efforts – must be held accountable.”


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