A former scientist at a federal lab was sentenced Friday for lying about his ties to a Chinese government recruitment program, a Justice Department statement released Tuesday said.
Turab Lookman, 68, of Santa Fe, New Mexico was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and a $75,000 fine for lying to a counterintelligence officer about being recruited by and applying to participate in China’s Thousand Talents Program for personal compensation. Lookman pleaded guilty to the charge in January, according to the statement.
Former Employee At Los Alamos National Laboratory Sentenced To Probation For Making False Statements About Being Employed By China https://t.co/XBw2NdaO97
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) September 15, 2020
Lookman falsely denied his involvement with the Chinese government in June 2018, when he was a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which receives taxpayer funding. At a hearing in 2019, federal prosecutors characterized Lookman as a serious national security threat because of his high-level security clearance at the lab, which gave him access to some of the U.S.’s most guarded nuclear secrets, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The top-secret information Lookman was privy to is “the kind of gun he could point at