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A medical researcher and professor who had worked most recently at Ohio State University pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from what prosecutors called a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China.
Song Guo Zheng, 58, of Hilliard, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal investigators.
Zheng worked in the division of rheumatology and immunology at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.
He and his research groups secured more than $4.3 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for projects while also receiving funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed this year.
Zheng admitted he lied on applications in order to use the NIH grants to develop China’s expertise in the areas of rheumatology and