Feds move to drop fraud charges against MIT professor arrested under controversial China Initiative




  • In US
  • 2022-01-20 15:44:56Z
  • By Axios
 

Federal prosecutors on Thursday moved to drop a case against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who was accused of hiding research he did for the Chinese government.

Driving the news: "Having assessed the evidence as a whole ... the government can no longer meet its burden of proof at trial," prosecutors wrote in a motion to dismiss on Thursday.

Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

  • Prosecutors said that recent developments in the Justice Department's investigation of the case against Gang Chen, a Chinese American nanoscientist, prompted them to move to drop the case.

  • Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts is expected to rule on the motion soon, the New York Times reports.

  • In June of last year, a case against Chinese Canadian researcher Anming Hu ended in a mistrial after an FBI agent said he used a Google-translated webpage to implicate Hu as having ties to the Chinese military, Axios' Shawna Chen reports.

Catch up quick: Chen was arrested and charged with grant fraud on Jan. 14, 2021.

  • Chen's high-profile arrest drew pushback from many of his colleagues in academia, who say the prosecutions of academics who failed to disclose China ties is too harsh, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

The big picture: Chen is one of dozens of academics and researchers arrested under the China Initiative, which was launched by the Trump administration in November 2018 amid rising concerns about China's economic espionage and intelligence activities.

  • The controversial effort, which has also raised concerns about racial profiling of Asians, is under Justice Department review.

Go deeper: Top DOJ official John Demers on the agency's China Initiative

  • FBI China spy probe faces backlash as case against professor ends in mistrial

  • Exclusive: Lawmakers urge probe into DOJ's alleged racial profiling of Asians

COMMENTS

More Related News

U.S. Justice Department releases $5 million for hotlines to report hate crimes
U.S. Justice Department releases $5 million for hotlines to report hate crimes
  • US
  • 2022-05-20 16:55:02Z

The U.S. Justice Department will release $5 million for states to establish hotlines to report hate crime, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said on...

Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates
Bill pushes feds to notify families of sick, dying inmates

New legislation introduced in the Senate would require the Justice Department to establish guidelines for the federal Bureau of Prisons and state...

Justice Dept. says
Justice Dept. says 'good faith researchers' no longer will face hacking charges

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said it would not use the country's long-standing anti-hacking law to prosecute researchers who are trying to...

House passes domestic terrorism bill in response to Buffalo shooting
House passes domestic terrorism bill in response to Buffalo shooting
  • US
  • 2022-05-19 03:08:22Z

The House passed legislation aimed at addressing the growing threat of white supremacist and other domestic extremist groups following the shooting in...

House voting on domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo attack
House voting on domestic terrorism bill after Buffalo attack
  • US
  • 2022-05-18 20:28:14Z

The House moved toward swift passage Wednesday of legislation that would devote more federal resources to preventing domestic terrorism in response to the...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: US