CHINESE COLLUSION: Former WVU prof admits to wire and tax fraud following official travel to China.

  • The Department of Justice announced that former WVU professor Qingyun Sun pleaded guilty to defrauding West Virginia University and filing a false tax return.
  • Both his offenses were committed in conjunction with an official trip to China.

A Chinese national and former West Virginia University professor admitted to two counts of fraud, both of which arose from an official visit to China.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced Thursday that Qingyun Sun pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. According to the statement released by the Department of Justice, Sun, age 58, worked as an associate professor and the associate director of the United States-China Energy Center at West Virginia University. He additionally served as the governor’s assistant for China affairs and worked for Synfuels Americas Corporation — an energy conversion technology provider operating out of Sterling, Virginia, but based in Beijing, China.

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