A former Virginia Tech professor studying artificial sweeteners was found guilty last week of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud, making false statements and obstruction by falsification.
First Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar announced Yiheng Percival Zhang, 47, of Blacksburg was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, three counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction by falsification.
The verdict followed a bench trial in September.
"This verdict shows our commitment to hold individuals accountable who seek to fraudulently obtain federal funds. Mr. Zhang used his position of prominence to unlawfully seek money from federal grant programs and will now pay for it," Bubar said. "I am proud of our team of investigators and prosecutors that worked tirelessly to ensure that tax payer dollars are not being misused."
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