This is pretty serious. The professor was arrested in Alaska where he was allegedly planning to fly to China.

Campus Reform reports:

Professor arrested during alleged attempt to flee US with computers, phones, USB drives

Another U.S. professor “with strong ties to China” has been arrested and charged with allegedly lying about his ties to the communist country.

Song Guo Zheng, who the Justice Department described as a “rheumatology professor and researcher,” allegedly used more than $4.1 million in federal research funding to help advance China’s capabilities with regard to rheumatology and immunology. The Justice Department alleges he then failed to disclose to the U.S. government that he held employment in China while conducting U.S. taxpayer-funded research as a researcher at multiple universities in the U.S., including Ohio State University.

A Google Scholars profile with the same name includes projects involving immunology research and lists several past employers, including the University of Southern California, Penn State University, and Ohio State University.

Zheng was arrested in May, but the indictment was only unsealed by the Justice Department on Thursday.

According to the government’s announcement, Zheng was arrested in Alaska just after deplaning a chartered flight that had landed in Anchorage. Zheng was allegedly getting ready to board another chartered flight to China carrying “three large bags, one small suitcase and a briefcase containing two laptops, three cellular telephones, several USB drives, several silver bars, expired Chinese passports for his family, deeds for property in China, and other items.”


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