University of Kansas professor who concealed ties to China has three of four convictions tossed by judge

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Five months after a federal jury convicted him of illegally concealing work he did for China, a judge has thrown out three of the four convictions against a University of Kansas researcher. 

Feng “Franklin” Tao was guilty of one count of making a false statement but not of three counts of wire fraud, U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ruled on Tuesday. 

Feng Tao, also known as Franklin Tao, 50, was convicted on three counts of wire fraud and one count of false statements by a federal jury after purposefully hiding that he was employed by a government affiliated university in China.
(University of Kansas/Kelsey Kimberlin/Handout via Reuters)

Tao carried out work for Fuzhou University in China while he was employed at the University of Kansas. However, Robinson determined that prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence Tao was compensated for his Fuzhou University work, a requirement of being convicted of wire fraud. 

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