Civics: U.S. prosecutors recommend dropping case against MIT professor over China ties

Nate Raymond:

Prosecutors have recommended that the U.S. Justice Department drop charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of concealing his ties to China when seeking federal grant money, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

Federal prosecutors in Boston decided to seek dismissal of the case against Chinese-born mechanical engineer and nanotechnologist Gang Chen.

Boston prosecutors recommended the case’s dismissal in recent weeks based on new information, the person said, adding the Justice Department has not made a final decision.
MIT President Rafael Reif has defended its $25 million collaboration SUSTech as furthering MIT’s research mission.