前西弗吉尼亚大学教授因参与中华人民共和国“千人计划”诈骗获刑

Department of Justice

司法部

U.S. Attorney’s Office

美国联邦检察官办公室

Northern District of West Virginia

西弗吉尼亚州北区

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 30, 2020

立即发布:2020年7月30日 星期四

Former West Virginia University professor sentenced for fraud that enabled him to participate in the People’s Republic of China’s “Thousand Talents Plan”

前西弗吉尼亚大学教授因参与中华人民共和国“千人计划”诈骗获刑

CLARKSBURG – Dr. James Patrick Lewis, of Fairview, West Virginia, was sentenced today to three months incarceration for a fraud charge involving West Virginia University, the Department of Justice announced.

克拉克斯堡 – 司法部宣布,西弗吉尼亚州费尔维尤市的詹姆斯·帕特里克·刘易斯博士,因涉嫌与西弗吉尼亚大学有关的欺诈指控,今天被判三个月监禁。

Lewis was also fined $9,363 for the cost of the incarceration and ordered to pay $20,189 in restitution to WVU, which is paid in full.

刘易斯还被处罚了9,363美元作为监禁费用,并被勒令向西弗吉尼亚大学支付20,189美元的赔偿(已全额支付)。

Lewis, age 54, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with “Federal Program Fraud.” From 2006 to August 2019, Lewis was a tenured professor at West Virginia University in the physics department, specializing in molecular reactions used in coal conversion technologies. In July 2017, Lewis entered into a contract of employment with the People’s Republic of China through its “Global Experts 1000 Talents Plan.” China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.

现年54岁的刘易斯就“联邦项目欺诈”一项指控认罪。从2006年到2019年8月,刘易斯是西弗吉尼亚大学物理学系的终身教授,专门研究煤炭转化技术中的分子反应。 2017年7月,刘易斯通过“全球千人专家计划”与中华人民共和国签订了雇用合同。中国的“千人计划”是中国最著名的人才招募计划之一,旨在吸引、招募和培养高级科学人才,以促进中国的科学发展、经济繁荣和国家安全。这些人才计划旨在吸引海外人才和外国专家,以将他们的知识和经验带到中国,并奖励那些窃取专利信息的个人。

According to Lewis’s contract, the Chinese Academy of Sciences agreed to employ Lewis as a professor for at least three years. In return, Lewis agreed to maintain an active research program that yielded publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, and to provide research training and experience for Chinese Academy of Sciences students.

根据刘易斯的合同,中国科学院同意聘用刘易斯为教授至少三年时间。作为回报,刘易斯同意保持一项活跃的研究项目,它会在高品质的、同行评审的期刊中发表论文,并为中国科学院的学生提供研究培训和经验。

As a part of the program, Lewis was promised benefits, including a living subsidy of 1 million Yuan (approximately $143,000), a research subsidy of 4 million Yuan (approximately $573,000), and a salary of 600,000 Yuan (approximately $86,000). To receive the benefits, Lewis would have to work full time in China for three consecutive years, for no less than nine months per year, and would have to begin work no later than Aug. 8, 2018.

作为该计划的一部分,刘易斯被许诺了各项福利,包括人民币100万元的生活津贴(约合美元14.3万)、400万元的研究补助金(约合美元57.3万)和60万元的工资(约合美元86,000)。为了获得这些福利,刘易斯要必须连续三年在中国工作、每年不少于9个月,并且必须在2018年8月8日之前开始工作。

In March 2018, Lewis submitted a request to WVU for an alternate/parental work assignment, requesting to be released from his teaching duties for the fall 2018 semester in order to serve as the primary caregiver for a child he and his wife were expecting in June 2018. In fact, however, Lewis knew this request was fraudulent. Rather than caring for his newborn child, Lewis planned to work in China during the fall 2018 semester as a part of his agreement with the “1000 Talents Plan.” Based on the false justification Lewis offered, WVU granted his request.

2018年3月,刘易斯向西弗吉尼亚大学提交了一个关于替换/父母工作任务的申请,要求将其从2018年秋季学期的教学职责中释放出来,以让他可以作为他们夫妻俩预计2018年6月出生孩子的主要照顾者。但是实际上,刘易斯知道这个申请是欺诈性的。刘易斯并没有照顾他的新生婴儿,而是作为他与“ 千人计划”协议的一部分,计划于2018年秋季学期在中国工作。根据刘易斯提供的虚假理由,西弗吉尼亚大学同意了他的申请。

In the fall of 2018, Lewis spent all but three weeks of the semester in China while his newborn child remained in the United States. During this period, Lewis received his full salary from WVU pursuant to his alternate/parental work assignment. Lewis’s scheme allowed him to fraudulently obtain $20,189 from WVU.

2018年秋天,除了三个星期之外,刘易斯在中国度过了整个学期,而他的新生婴儿却留在了美国。在此期间,刘易斯根据其替代/父母工作任务从西弗吉尼亚大学获得了全薪。刘易斯的计谋使他从西弗吉尼亚大学骗取了20,189美元。

Lewis is no longer employed by WVU, having resigned in August 2019. He was ordered to self-report to prison in 30 days.

刘易斯已于2019年8月辞职,不再受雇于西弗吉尼亚大学。他被下令在30天内自行到监狱报到。

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and Trial Attorney Evan N. Turgeon with the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division, prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service investigated. WVU cooperated in the investigation of this case.

司法部国家安全司反间谍和出口管制科的助理检察官贾罗德·J·道格拉斯和审判律师埃文·N·图根代表政府起诉此案,联邦调查局和国内税务局进行了调查。西弗吉尼亚大学在调查此案时给予了合作。

U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

美国地方法院法官托马斯 · S · 克里负责审理此案。

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