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NASA scientist guilty of lying about ties to Communist China

The Blaze is reporting that a scientist who has been with NASA since 1996 has pleaded guilty to lying about his ties to Communist China’s Thousand Talents Program.

The Blaze explains:

Prosecutors say the NASA scientist was part of a program by the Chinese government to recruit individuals with access to intellectual property.

Meyya Meyyappan of Pacifica, California, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements in a New York federal court on Wednesday. Meyyappan, 66, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

In October, Meyyappan was interviewed by the FBI, the NASA Office of Inspector General, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

“During that interview, Meyyappan falsely stated, among other things, that he was not a member of the Thousand Talents Program and that he did not hold a professorship at a Chinese university,” the DOJ press release stated. “In truth and in fact, Meyyappan was a member of the Thousand Talents Program and held a professorship at a Chinese university, funded by the Chinese government.”

READ: Senior NASA scientist pleads guilty to lying about China ties

According to the US Department of Justice, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) uses the Thousand Talents Program to provide research grants to scientists in order to gain access to research they have done for other companies and government agencies. As a result, researchers in the US must disclose if they are receiving funding from the CCP before they can receive research grants from the US government.

This is not the first time we have heard of such allegations:

READ: Ohio professor the latest to be arrested over China ties

READ: Harvard Professor, BU Researcher Among 3 Charged With Illegal Ties To China

READ: Feds Charge Tennessee Professor for Ties to China AND UT Knoxville Professor Arrested, Charged for Double-Dealing with Chinese Government and NASA

READ: Harvard Professor Arrested For Failing To Disclose $50,000 Per Month He Received From China AND Acclaimed Harvard Scientist Is Arrested, Accused Of Lying About Ties To China

READ: Accused of fraud, Kansas researcher denies working for a Chinese university as he fights federal charge

READ: University of Arkansas professor is arrested for fraud for ‘hiding his secret ties to the Chinese government while asking for $5m in US grant money’

READ: UF: Former faculty did not disclose China affiliations

READ: American universities are a soft target for China’s spies, say U.S. intelligence officials: University of Texas professor Bo Mao is the latest defendant in a string of U.S. criminal cases alleging Chinese spying in the academic world.

READ: Emory professor hit with criminal charge, linked to Chinese government program

READ: Former WVU professor pleads guilty to federal fraud charge involving Chinese government

READ: FBI arrests researcher for NASA who allegedly failed to report ties to China

READ: Feds Arrest Professor For Allegedly Hiding Funding From Communist China. Another Professor Pleads Guilty To Similar Charge.

READ: University Of Virginia Researcher Charged After Trying To Board Flight To China While Allegedly In Possession Of Stolen Research AND US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: University of Virginia Researcher Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Intrusion

READ: Texas A&M Professor Arrested For Allegedly Lying About China Ties While Accepting NASA Funding

And Australia is running into the same problem: READ: China: their infiltration is more than astounding!

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