Update: Trial of Tennessee Researcher Accused of Covering Up Ties to Chinese University

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A defense attorney says a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government is innocent of the federal charges.

 

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Anming Hu’s defense attorney has argued during his trial that the professor was targeted in an effort to satisfy the U.S. Justice Department’s crackdown against university researchers accused of concealing their ties to Chinese institutions. Hu is an associate professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering at UT. He was charged in February 2020 with wire fraud and making false statements.

 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A jury trial has begun in the case of a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government.

 

The trial in Knoxville federal court is scheduled to continue Tuesday. Anming Hu, an associate professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering at the university’s flagship Knoxville campus, was charged in February 2020 with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements.

 

After the indictment was announced, the university said Hu had been suspended and that school officials had cooperated with authorities. Hu has pleaded not guilty.

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