Indictment: KU researcher on China’s payroll

State News

August 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An associate professor at the University of Kansas was secretly working full time for a Chinese university while doing research in Kansas on projects funded by the U.S. government, an indictment filed Wednesday alleges.

Feng “Franklin” Tao was charged with one count of wire fraud and three counts of program fraud. The 47-year-old Lawrence man has been employed since August 2014 at the Kansas university’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis in Lawrence. The center conducts research on sustainable technology to conserve natural resources and energy.

Court records do not list an attorney for Tao, who was arrested Wednesday at his home.

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