Virginia Tech Professor Charged with Fraud in Grant Funding - Higher Education
Higher Education News and Jobs

Virginia Tech Professor Charged with Fraud in Grant Funding

Email


by Associated Press


ROANOKE, Va. — A Virginia Tech professor has been accused of defrauding the university and the federal government in a case that involves more than $1 million in grant funding.

An affidavit filed in the U.S. Western District Court of Virginia says Yiheng Percival Zhang was charged last week with wire fraud, making criminal false claims and making false statements.

Zhang’s lawyer told The Roanoke Times that Zhang maintains his innocence and plans to vigorously fight the charges.

Zhang, a biological systems engineering professor – along with a graduate and a postdoctoral researcher – are accused of defrauding the university, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy by withholding grant funds between 2014 and 2016. The complaint alleges that Zhang filed for grants to get money for work that had already been completed in China.

RELATED ARTICLES >>
Kelp, Climate, Ocean Acidity Research Funded BRUNSWICK – The University of Maine says projects about seaweed, the acidity of Gulf of Maine waters and the way climate change is impacting fish will receive nearly $1 million in funding. The university says the funds are being awarded to fac...
Study: What Do Arkansans Think of Medical Marijuana? LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are conducting a study to gauge residents’ views of medical marijuana before and after it’s available in the state. Representatives from several colleges outsid...
Arizona School Gets Big Grant to Study Mine Safety Training The University of Arizona's public health college and its mineral resources institute will use a $1.6-million grant to help improve mine safety training. The federal grant, announced Monday, will be used to develop new training methods for mine wo...
State of the Union Address Omitted Key Concerns in Education, Experts Note President Donald Trump President Donald J. Trump delivered his first State of the Union address since taking office, calling the current era “our new American moment.” But he missed an opportunity for substantive conversation on the growing conce...
Semantic Tags: