The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the arrest of a University of Arkansas professor with “close ties [to] the Chinese government.”
According to a DOJ press release published on Monday, 63-year-old Simon Saw-Teong Ang was taken into federal custody late last week on charges related to wire fraud.
Ang is alleged to have “close ties with 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.”
“Ang’s scheme to defraud”
Those allegedly false statements “resulted in numerous wires to be sent and received that facilitated Ang’s scheme to defraud,” the DOJ said in its release.
Depending on his “role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations,” a conviction could land Ang behind bars for 20 years, the DOJ said.
This case is not entirely unique, as reports earlier this year revealed. Federal authorities in January arrested alleged members of a spy ring believed to be operating out of Harvard University, Reuters noted.
“Will be in deep troubles”
Historian Victor Davis Hanson has addressed a growing concern that American universities are being infiltrated by Chinese communists.
In October, he penned an article arguing that academic institutions have “cashed in” by welcoming Chinese nationals connected to that nation’s regime.
“Most college deans and presidents simply ignored the dreadful human rights record of China, not to mention occasional expatriate espionage rings designed to steal engineering and high-tech research,” Hanson wrote at the time.
He went on to complain that “political correctness conveniently offered academia and the media political cover — as if a mostly monoracial China was a 1.3 billion-person diverse ‘other’ with historical grievances against a supposedly racist America.”
Court documents from the case against Ang reveal an email in which he notes that his job “will be in deep troubles” if his affiliation with the Chinese-operated Thousand Talents Program, according to ABC News.
With such serious allegations of human rights violations within China and espionage campaigns elsewhere around the world, it is hardly surprising that critics want to investigate the communist regime’s global influence. In light of a current pandemic that originated in that nation and spread under unknown circumstances, there appears to be more room for criticism than any time in recent memory.