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Embezzlement Casts Harsh Light on China's Grant System

Science  09 Aug 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6146, pp. 598-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6146.598

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A powerful water pollution expert and administrator at China's Zhejiang University has been charged with embezzling $1.6 million in grant money. Chen Yingxu was awarded a $16 million grant from China's environment ministry in 2008 to study water remediation and management in the Lake Tai watershed. Through a scheme involving companies owned or operated by his graduate students, he allegedly pocketed a portion of the money—ending what until then had been a charmed career.

  • * With additional reporting by Ma Qionghui.