U.S. prosecutors recommend dropping charges against MIT Chinese American professor

2022-01-20 19:04:53Xinhua Editor : Liu Yimeng ECNS App Download

Boston prosecutors have recommended the U.S. Justice Department drop charges against a Chinese American professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who was accused of hiding his ties to China when seeking U.S. federal grant money, Reuters has recently reported.

Federal prosecutors in Boston recommended the case's dismissal in recent weeks based on new information, Reuters quoted a person familiar with the matter on Friday.

The Chinese-born nanotechnologist Gang Chen faced federal charges last year for failing to disclose that he served as an "overseas expert" to the Chinese government and sat on the advisory board of Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen when applying for a U.S. Department of Energy grant, according to the report.

"However, as it turns out, nothing significant was omitted on his application and several of the government's allegations were simply wrong," Reuters cited Chen's lawyer Brian Kelly as saying.


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