Washington, United States:
The US authorities indicted a professor at a university in Tennessee on Thursday for fraud and false statements. He hid his connection to a Chinese institution while receiving funds from NASA.
In the recent case related to the U.S. efforts to halt alleged unauthorized technology transfers to China, the Department of Justice said that Anming Hu has hidden its ties to Beijing Technical University while teaching and researching at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
The indictment said Hu was "involved in a plan to defraud the national aerospace agency from 2016" by hiding his affiliation with Beijing University.
"The federal law prohibits NASA from using earmarked funds for projects in collaboration with China or Chinese universities," said the Justice Department statement.
Hu was arrested on Thursday and charged with three wire fraud cases and three false statements.
The cable fraud charge results in up to 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $ 250,000 each. The wrong statement counts a maximum of five years in prison.
The case was brought up by the Department of Justice's National Security Division, which targeted a number of Chinese nationals last year for allegedly stealing industrial and other secrets to stimulate the Chinese economy and defense sector.
"This is only the most recent case in which professors or researchers hide their affiliation with China from their American employers and the US government. We will not tolerate this," said John Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
According to Washington, Beijing is pressuring and motivating nationals to bring back proprietary technology from the United States.
Among those arrested for allegedly supporting Beijing's illegal technology procurement efforts is the head of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Harvard University.
Charles Lieber reportedly hid payments from Harvard and the U.S. authorities of $ 50,000 per month for his personal needs and $ 1.5 million in laboratory funds from a Chinese university.
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