Harvard Professor Found Guilty of Lying About Financial Ties to China

On Tuesday, a chemistry professor at Harvard University was found guilty of lying about the fact that he was receiving payments from the Chinese government, according to the Daily Caller.

Charlies Lieber, a scientist specializing in chemistry and engineering, was convicted on six counts after he failed to report his connections to the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). After first being arrested in January of 2020, Lieber was charged with making false statements that covered up his involvement in the Thousand Talents Plan, a Chinese recruiting scheme that aims to promote foreign academics.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) claims that Lieber was paid by the WUT up to $50,000 per month, as well as “living expenses up to…$158,000,” and was additionally “awarded more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT.”

Lieber subsequently failed to disclose the payments on his tax returns, and lied to federal authorities investigating the matter, all of which constitute federal crimes. After the jury deliberated for only three hours, Lieber was found guilty on all six counts; he now faces up to six months in prison.

Lieber’s arrest and conviction are part of the broader “China Initiative,” a nationwide counter-espionage program that was started under President Donald Trump, which aims to “identify and prosecute those engaged in trade secret theft, hacking, and economic espionage.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: BRASILIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 13: (RUSSIA OUT) Chinese President Xi Jinping during his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) on November 13, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. The leaders of Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa have gathered in Brasilia for the BRICS leaders summit. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

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