A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a Harvard University professor of lying to the U.S. government about payments he received from a Chinese university.
Charles Lieber, the former chairman of Harvard’s chemistry department, in 2011 agreed to establish a research lab at the Wuhan University of Technology in exchange for more than $1.5 million and a salary of up to $50,000 a month. Lieber did not disclose those payments to the government, as he was required to do as a recipient of federal grants, and in 2018 lied to federal authorities about them after the Trump administration cracked down on Chinese infiltration of academia.
The federal jury also convicted Lieber of filing false tax returns, because he did not report the payments to the IRS. The renowned…