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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was arrested and charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving U.S. dollars for his research.
Gang Chen, 56, was arrested by federal agents at his home in Cambridge on charges including wire fraud, officials said.
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Agents executed search warrants at his home and his office at the university, according to Joseph Bonavolonta, head of the Boston FBI office.
While working for MIT, Chen entered into undisclosed contracts and held appointments affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, including as an “overseas expert” for the Chinese government at the request of the PRC’s consulate in New York, authorities said.
Many of those roles were “expressly intended to further the PRC’s scientific and technological goals,” according to