The previous chairman of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department was indicted on Tuesday, accused of being included with Wuhan University of Technology in China in a recruiting program which is known to take proprietary info from organisations.
Charles Lieber, 61, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making false declarations to federal authorities regarding his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Program, according to a statement from U.S. Lawyer Andrew E. Lelling.As the head of Lieber Research Group at Harvard, which focused on nanoscience, he got more than $15 million in research grants from the federal National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. As a condition of receiving the grants all sources of research assistance, possible financial conflicts of interest and all foreign cooperation must be reported, the declaration said.In 2011 Lieber became a strategic researcher at Wuhan University of Technology and ended up being a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan which hired high-level scientific skill. In addition to bringing the researcher to China to share their knowledge and experience, the program likewise presumably awards people for taking proprietary details, the declaration said. Lieber is accused of getting an income of approximately$50,000 monthly and living expenditures of up to$158,000 and lying to federal authorities in 2018 and 2019 about his involvement in the Thousand Talents Plan, according to the declaration. –
AD-“It is declared that Lieber incorrectly specified that he was never asked to get involved in the Thousand Talents Program, but that he ‘wasn’t sure’ how China categorized him. In November 2018, NIH asked of Harvard about whether Lieber had actually stopped working to disclose his then-suspected relationship with WUT and China’s Thousand Talents Plan. Lieber allegedly caused Harvard to wrongly inform NIH that Lieber ‘had no formal association with WUT’ after 2012,” the statement said.
If found guilty, he might confront five years in jail, 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, according to the declaration.
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