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Former UF professor charged with fraud in $1.8M grant


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a former University of Florida professor and researcher fraudulently obtained $1.8 million in federal grant money while concealing support he received from the Chinese government and a company that he founded in China to profit from that research.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 43-year-old Lin Yang with multiple counts of wire fraud and making false statements to a U.S. agency.

A federal grand jury in Gainesville returned the indictment in December.

Yang is a Chinese citizen. He traveled to China in August 2019 and hasn’t returned to the U.S.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Yang who could comment.

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