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Harvard Prof Convicted for Lying to FBI About Ties to China

Harvard Prof Convicted for Lying to FBI About Ties to China

“guilty on all six charges”

This is the guy who was the chair of the chemistry department. I remain suspicious that we’re still not hearing the whole story here.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Harvard professor convicted for lying to FBI about China ties

Harvard professor Dr. Charles Lieber was found guilty on all federal charges against him related to concealing his ties to a Chinese university and the Chinese government’s Thousand Talents Program while receiving U.S. government funding.

The verdict, a big win for the Justice Department’s China Initiative, came as a federal jury in Boston quickly determined Tuesday that Lieber was guilty on all six charges, including two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, two counts of filing false tax returns, and two counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.

Lieber, the former chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, received $15 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Pentagon over multiple years, according to court documents. He was arrested and charged in January 2020 with a number of crimes.

Lieber was hit with a superseding indictment on accusations that he falsely reported his income tax returns related to his role as a “strategic scientist” at the Wuhan University of Technology and his lucrative participation in the Thousand Talents Program. The Justice Department says the Chinese program is “designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity, and national security.”

Lieber maintained his innocence, and the jury trial began last week in a federal courtroom, with closing arguments wrapping up Tuesday and the jury conviction coming a few hours later.

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Did I read somewhere that this professor engaged in this conduct because he yearned for a Nobel Prize?

I think they could tag almost any leftist professor in college with this.

It is a good start.

Notice how these charges always include something like “including two counts of making false statements to federal investigators” ?

Ask Martha Stewart and General Michael Flynn about whether you should EVER talk to federal agents. It’s a felony to lie to them, but they don’t read you your rights. They just take handwritten notes and later type them up, editing them at will in Flynn’s case.

It’s far better to assert your right to be silent. And then, if it ever seems better to talk with them, do it only with your lawyer and your tape recorder listening to every word.

    Hollymon in reply to OldProf2. | December 24, 2021 at 10:41 am

    My brother, a superior court justice in my state says “Remember, the policeman is not your friend. Your friends can’t arrest you.” Zip it, period, until you have a lawyer. Don’t let them in and don’t speak to them,

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