Math Professor Convicted Of Hiding China Ties To Get Taxpayer Funding

Math Professor Convicted Of Hiding China Ties To Get Taxpayer Funding


A federal grand jury found a professor at a public university guilty on espionage charges Wednesday, according to court records.

The jury found Mingqing Xiao, a math professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), guilty on four counts related to filing false tax statements, according to records from The Southern District of Illinois United States District Court.

Xiao was indicted for having “fraudulently obtained $151,099 in federal grant money from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by concealing support he was receiving from the Chinese government and a Chinese university,” according to an April 2021 Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

Xiao allegedly failed to report that he was on the payroll of Shenzhen University and had received a grant from the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong at the time he applied for and received grants from the NSF, according to the DOJ.

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