- A Harvard University professor charged for hiding his relations to a Chinese-run recruitment program was found guilty on all counts on Tuesday.
- Charles Lieber, 62, the chair of Harvard’s chemistry and chemical biology department, had requested not guilty of filing fake tax returns, making fake statements.
A Harvard University professor charged for hiding his relations to a Chinese-run recruitment program was found guilty on all counts on Tuesday.
Charles Lieber, 62, the chair of Harvard’s chemistry and chemical biology department, had found not guilty of filing fake tax returns, making fake statements, and failing to file reports for a foreign bank account in China.
The jury considered for two hours and 45 minutes before announcing the verdict following five days of testimony in Boston federal court.
Lieber’s defense attorney Mukasey had argued that prosecutors lacked proof of the charges. He maintained that investigators didn’t record their interviews with Lieber before his arrest.
He argued that prosecutors will be unable to prove that Lieber acted “knowingly, intentionally, or willfully, or that he made any materially false statement.” Mukasey stressed Lieber was not charged with illegally moving any technology or proprietary data to China.
Defender argued that Lieber, who was arrested in January, knowingly hid his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to recruit people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China to protect his career and reputation.
Lieber denied his involvement during inquiries from US authorities, including the National Institutes of Health, which had provided him with millions of dollars in research funding, prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors, Lieber also concealed his income from the Chinese program, including USD 50,000 a month from the Wuhan University of Technology, USD 158,000 in living expenses, and more than USD 1.5 million in grants.
In exchange, Lieber agreed to publish articles, organize international conferences and apply for patents on behalf of the Chinese university.