An Ohio State University professor with ties to China is charged with using more than $4 million in U.S. grant money to develop rheumatology and immunology expertise for the Chinese government, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.
H/T: Fox News
Song Guo Zheng, 57, was arrested Friday, May 22, 2020, after he arrived in Anchorage, Alaska, aboard a charter flight and as he prepared to board another charter flight to China, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.
“Yet again, we are faced with a professor at a U.S. University, who is a member of a Chinese Talent Plan, allegedly and deliberately failing to disclose his relationship with a Chinese university and receipt of funds from the Chinese Government in order to obtain millions of dollars in U.S. grant money designed to benefit the health and well-being of the people of the United States — not to be hijacked to supplement the research goals of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “This case, like too many others, should serve as a reminder that the United States Government takes seriously the obligation of truthfulness and transparency on grant applications, and those who violate the law to benefit China or any other foreign nation will be held accountable.”
“The taxpayers of the United States are the real victims when researchers defraud our government and exploit our system to benefit China,” stated FBI Cincinnati Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman. “The cutting-edge technologies that are being developed in our country must be carefully protected from our foreign adversaries and the FBI will continue to work with our partners to safeguard these important innovations.”
A Harvard University professor charged with lying about his role in a Chinese talent recruitment program must post a US$1 million cash bond, a judge ruled Thursday. https://t.co/8Nquq036i4 #China #espionage #lawsuit— Jodi Xu Klein (@jodixu) January 30, 2020
A researcher employed by the Ohio State University was arrested for hiding ties with the Chinese govt while accepting US grant funding, which was used to carry out research for China. OSU confirmed to me that Song Guo Zheng is on unpaid leave:https://t.co/xbqTVs8nTW— Marlo Safi (@marlo_safi) July 9, 2020
Song Guo Zheng - Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology at Ohio State’s medical school...he fraudulently obtained about $5M research grants. Yet failed to disclose his extensive ties with numerous Chinese Orgs— File411 (@File411) July 9, 2020
cc @burgessct another Thousand Talents https://t.co/E2b05K36uQ pic.twitter.com/BGzjlwk5Ge
ANOTHER story of ANOTHER professor stealing American research to send to #China.— Rep. Michael Waltz (@RepMichaelWaltz) July 10, 2020
This is precisely why I have a bill to end the Thousand Talents Program, which just passed in the #FY21NDAA.
We must keep America safe from #CCP theft and spying!https://t.co/HgYmVdMKoA
#Justice Columbus | OSU #Unsealed— ✖️AnonCassi ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ (@AnonCassi) July 10, 2020
Researcher CHARGED W/Illegally Using Funds From NIH To Develop Scientific Expertise For China
[alleged] $4.1M #Grants Scheme
⚖️ Song Guo Zheng
Zheng participating in Chinese Talent Plan#Demers
SDOH #DeVillers@POTUS https://t.co/DIB0dTwqUr pic.twitter.com/xVy1JjK5iM
Ohio State University researcher and professor, Song Guo Zheng, was charged Thursday with using more than $4.1 million in federal grants to funnel research back to China to help the country develop expertise in rheumatology and immunology.https://t.co/IDufb4wgtZ— Rosenvold (@leahmonty) July 10, 2020