[Vision2020] WSU professor arrested; $8 million fraud charge
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Thu Feb 25 23:36:58 PST 2016
WSU professor arrested; $8 million fraud charge
from KXLY News, Spokane, WA
Published On: Feb 25 2016 02:27:46 PM PST Updated On: Feb 25 2016
06:25:32 PM PST
WSU professor arrested, charged with defrauding government out of $8M
A Washington State University associate professor has been arrested by
federal authorities for allegedly defrauding the government out of
approximately $8 million in grant money
Dr. Haifang Wen, 41, of Pullman was taken into federal custody Wednesday
for making false claims and wire fraud. A sealed federal complaint
against Wen and his brother and sister in-law has been issued by the US
Attorney’s office in western New York.
According to a press release from the US Attorney, the trio allegedly
set up bank accounts for private companies under their control in the
towns of Horseheads and Elmira in New York. The Wens allegedly
fabricated grant proposals claiming they were developing asphalt
Federal investigators say they deposited approximately $8 million in
federal grants into those private accounts and the Wens used the money
for personal expenses and not on research.
Wen was released without bond following his first appearance in federal
court Wednesday in Spokane and is scheduled to have another hearing in
federal court next month in New York. His brother and sister-in-law, who
currently live in Virginia, were also arrested Wednesday.
Wen, the director of the Washington Center for asphalt technology at
Washington State University. WSU officials say he is still employed at
Wen graduated with a bachelors of science degree in civil engineering
from Shandong University in China in 1995, received his masters degree
in civil engineering from Southeast University in China in 1998 and
received his doctorate in civil engineering from North Carolina State
University in 2001.
He has received numerous awards as a mentor and distinguished professor
during his tenure at WSU, where he has worked since 2008, according to
his biography on the WSU website.
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