NOAA oceanographer gets time served for working for China

February 23, 2018

MIAMI (AP) — A former research oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been sentenced to time-served for also working for the People’s Republic of China.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 56-year-old Chunzai Wang was sentenced in Miami federal court Tuesday after pleading guilty to a charge of accepting a salary from another source while working for NOAA, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Court records show Wang was already working for NOAA in 2010 when he entered into contractual agreements to work on China’s Changjiang Scholars Program and Thousand Talents Program. He was also involved in China’s 973 Program, which mobilizes scientific talents to strengthen basic research in line with national strategic targets of the People’s Republic of China.

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