Harvard University professor Charles Lieber was convicted on Tuesday for lying to US federal authorities about his ties to China.

Driving the news: Federal jury in Boston found former chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry and chemical biology department, 62, guilty on two counts of misrepresenting federal officials about program anti-drug. Chinese government recruitment, according to a press release from the Ministry of Justice.

  • He was also convicted of two counts of making and underwriting a false income statement and two counts of failing to report a foreign bank in China and financial accounts with the Internal Revenue. A service.

Our thought bubble, via TBEN China reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian: Lieber’s verdict comes as China’s DOJ initiative comes under scrutiny after a string of accusations against abandoned Chinese scientists.

The big picture: Lieber had pleaded not guilty to all charges related to his affiliation with the Beijing-led Thousand Talent Program and Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China.

  • “As part of Lieber’s Thousand Talent Three-Year Contract, WUT paid Lieber up to $ 50,000 per month, living expenses of up to $ 150,000, and awarded him over $ 1.5 million. of dollars. to establish a research lab at WUT, ”according to the DOJ. .
  • “In 2018 and 2019, Lieber lied to federal authorities about his involvement in the Thousand Talent Plan and his affiliation with WUT.”

And after: The court has yet to set a sentencing date, but he faces up to five years in prison for making false statements, according to the DOJ.