A researcher at Ohio State will spend time in prison for hiding ties to a Chinese spy program.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
A U.S. district court sentenced a former Ohio State University medical researcher to prison for concealing his connections to a Chinese spy program from federal authorities.
Song Guo Zheng, a professor of internal medicine who led research teams at both Ohio State and Pennsylvania State University, hid his involvement in the Chinese Communist Party’s Thousand Talents Program, which China uses to steal research from Western countries, on applications to the National Institutes of Health. Zheng also concealed his collaboration with a major Chinese research university.
Federal authorities apprehended Zheng in May 2020 on a charter flight in Anchorage, Alaska, as he attempted to flee the United States for China. After his arrest, Zheng pleaded guilty in November 2020 to falsifying grant applications to the federal government to receive some $4.1 million in funding, which he planned to use to develop China’s research on rheumatology and immunology.
On top of his 37-month prison sentence, the court ordered the Chinese researcher to pay more than $3.8 million in restitution to NIH and Ohio State.
Unfortunately, Zheng is not alone and this is a threat posed to the United States on a daily basis.