University of Arkansas professor arrested for fraud for not revealing ties to Chinese government

May 12, 2020 by

Uni of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Professor Simon Ang was arrested and is being held on a federal wire fraud charge. The complaint accuses Ang of failing to disclose ‘close ties’ with China.

  • University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Professor Simon Ang was arrested 
  • Ang is being held on a federal wire fraud charge
  • The complaint accuses Ang of failing to disclose ‘close ties’ with the Chinese government and Chinese companies 
  • Ang was supposed to do so in order to receive $5m grant money from NASA
University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Professor Simon Ang was arrested on charges of wire fraud

University of Arkansas Electrical Engineering Professor Simon Ang was arrested on charges of wire fraud

A professor from the University of Arkansas has been arrested on charges of wire fraud over alleged close links to China.

Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 63, who worked as a professor at the Fayetteville campus.

Ang allegedly had close ties to the Chinese government and Chinese companies, and failed to disclose those ties when required to do so in order to receive grant money from NASA he complaint reads.

A press release from the FBI revealed that Ang is alleged to have made ‘materially false representations to NASA and the University of Arkansas’ resulting in a number of wires that facilitated Ang’s scheme to defraud.

The charge says Ang received more than $5 million in federal funding for research projects but failed to disclose payment from Chinese universities and Chinese companies in violation of UA policy.

The charge also stated that he failed to disclose this outside income.

Ang has taught at UA since 1988 and was director of the High Density Electronics Center in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the building of which is pictured

Ang has taught at UA since 1988 and was director of the High Density Electronics Center in the Department of Electrical Engineering, the building of which is pictured

If Ang is convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of 20 years behind bars although the overall length of his penalty will depend on a number of factors including whether Ang has a criminal record

If Ang is convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of 20 years behind bars although the overall length of his penalty will depend on a number of factors including whether Ang has a criminal record

Ang did disclose some of his work in seeking Chinese scholars, but not all.

The University says he should have disclosed potential conflicts from outside contacts with UA, particularly with Chinese companies.

Ang’s arrest came after collaboration between the Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas David Clay Fowlkes, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch of the FBI Little Rock Field Office.

‘These materially false representations to NASA and the University of Arkansas resulted in numerous wires to be sent and received that facilitated Ang’s scheme to defraud,’ said the DOJ in a statement.

If Ang is convicted, he could face a maximum jail term of 20 years behind bars although the overall length of his penalty will depend on a number of factors including whether Ang has a criminal record.

The FBI is still continuing to investigate the case.

Ang has taught at UA since 1988 and was director of the High Density Electronics Center in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

He received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching in 1994 from the Arkansas Alumni Association.

Source: University of Arkansas professor arrested for fraud for not revealing ties to Chinese government | Daily Mail Online

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