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Former U. Florida Researcher Indicted for Hiding Alleged Ties to Government of China

Former U. Florida Researcher Indicted for Hiding Alleged Ties to Government of China

“faces six counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States”

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The College Fix reports:

Former U. of Florida researcher indicted for hiding ties to Chinese government

A former researcher at the University of Florida has been charged with obtaining over $1.75 million in research grants from the U.S. National Institutes of health while concealing his connections to the Chinese government.

Lin Yang, Associate Professor in the UF Department of Biomedical Engineering, faces six counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States. If convicted, he faces up to 140 years in prison and a fine of $2.5 million.

According to the indictment, Yang obtained the research money from NIH to develop and disseminate an imaging informatics tool for muscles known as “MuscleMiner.” In 2016, Yang established a business in China known as “Deep Informatics” which he used to sell products based on the research he gathered. The indictment states that Yang used his UF email address to set up the Deep Informatics website.

In materials for his Chinese company, Yang boasted his products “were the result of years of research supported by millions of dollars of U.S. government funding.”

At around the same time, Yang applied for and was accepted into a People’s Republic of China’s “Thousand Talents” Program that was associated with Northwestern Polytechnical University, located in Xi’an, China.

In order to continue receiving NIH grant money, Yang allegedly concealed his association with the Chinese government and his ties to Deep Informatics. In doing so, he is accused of filing false paperwork with the U.S. government omitting these connections. Further, in January 2019, he allegedly filed a false document with the University of Florida Engineering Department that omitted his ties to China.

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