Grand Jury Indictment: University of Florida Principal Investigator was in Cahoots with Chinese Gov & His Own Startup

Grand Jury Indictment: University of Florida Principal Investigator was in Cahoots with Chinese Gov & His Own Startup

43-year-old Lin Yang seemed to have a lot going for him, having secured a position at the University of Florida as a professor/research, but now he could be facing jail time. With an indicting grand jury instruction unsealed just two days ago, it turns out the researcher didn’t disclose financial ties to the Chinese government as well as a biotech in China he actually founded. He would use the $1.75 million in federal grant money to profit back in China, reports the Department of Justice in a press release. TrialSite has reported on a number of disturbing cases where biomedical researchers visit from China and find themselves in deep trouble—are they making innocent mistakes or is this part of a broader biomedical industrial research espionage imperative?

TrialSite offers a brief breakdown of these allegations.

What are the charges form the grand jury?

Six (6) counts of wire fraud and four (4) counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States.

What is the law?

At a high level, if a researcher secures a position in the U.S. they must disclose financial ties, the potential for conflicts of interest, etc. This is triggered as well when receiving ...

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