Former UA Professor Gets 1 Year in Prison for Lying to FBI

Former UA Professor Gets 1 Year in Prison for Lying to FBI
An undated mugshot of Simon Ang taken at the Washington County, Arkansas jail (Washington County Detention Center)

A former University of Arkansas professor on Thursday was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for lying to federal authorities about his business and financial ties to China.

Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 64, of Fayetteville, pleaded guilty in January to an indictment charging him with making a materially false and fictitious statement and representation to an FBI agent.

His prison sentence will be followed by one year of supervised released, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Authorities said Ang, who started working at UA in 1988, received money and benefits from China at the same time he was receiving federal grants for university projects. He was required to disclose his connections to China under the university's conflict-of-interest policy, but did not.

When authorities questioned Ang about 24 patents filed in China under his birth name, he allegedly denied any link to the inventions.

Ang's indictment was announced in July 2020. 

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