Former professor indicted for fraud, not disclosing China ties

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A former University of Florida associate professor and researcher has been indicted on allegations of fraudulently getting a federal grant by concealing ties with the Chinese government.

Lin Yang, 43, a resident of China, is charged with six counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to a U.S. agency, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported in a news release Wednesday.

“The taxpayer dollars that funded Yang’s research were intended to benefit the health and well-being of U.S. citizens,” U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe for the Northern District of Florida said in the news release. “But our indictment alleges that Yang engaged in acts of deliberate deception so that he could also further the research goals of the Chinese Communist government and advance his own business interests.”