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Former UA professor gets 1-year jail sentence for lying about his patent in China to the FBI

  • Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 65, was sentenced to one year in federal prison Thursday for lying to an FBI special agent during an interview in May 2020.
  • Ang, who worked as a professor of electrical engineering and a researcher at the University of Arkansas, reportedly denied filing 24 patents in China while speaking to the FBI.
  • According to a news release issued by the Depart of Justice on Thursday, the U of A requires its professors to “promptly furnish” to its “full and complete” disclosures of their inventions.
  • Ang was apprehended on May 8, 2020, on charges related to wire fraud. The former professor, who had been working for the U of A for over three decades before his arrest, purportedly failed to mention his ties with the Chinese government, the DOJ said at the time.
  • He signed a plea agreement on Jan. 21, 2022, in which he pleaded guilty to making a “materially false and fictitious and fraudulent statement” to an FBI special agent. There were more than 50 charges against him, including federal wire fraud, but they were dropped.

A former University of Arkansas (U of A) professor has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for lying to the FBI about the patents of his inventions that he filed in China.

Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 65, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the FBI on Thursday, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).