BOSTON (WLNS) – The former chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University was indicted today for tax offenses for failing to report income he received from Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in Wuhan, China.
Under the three-year contract, WUT allegedly paid Dr. Charles Lieber up to $ 50,000 a month in salary, living expenses up to $ 150,000, and awarded him more than $ 1.5 million. USD to establish a WUT research laboratory.
Lieber was summoned from the federal grand jury for filing and signing an incorrect income tax return and twice for failing to file foreign bank and financial account statements with the Internal Revenue Service.
2020 June Lieber was accused in two cases of making false statements to the federal government. Lieber lied to federal authorities about his involvement in China̵7;s Millennium Talent Plan and joining the WUT, the Justice Department said in a press release.
In addition, the indictment states that Lieber, along with WUT officials, opened a bank account with a bank in China during a trip to Wuhan in 2012.
U.S. taxpayers are required to report any foreign bank account that contains more than $ 10,000 at any time during a specified year.
Making false statements is punishable by up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $ 250,000 fine.
Filing and signing false income tax returns is punishable by up to three years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a $ 100,000 fine.
Failure to submit a foreign bank account statement carries a fine of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $ 250,000 fine.
The 61-year-old man was arrested in 2020. January 28