WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, announced an indictment Thursday against Purdue University Professor Qingyou Han and his wife Lu Shao for "engaging in a scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation."
According to a press release from The US Attorney's Office, Dr. Qingyou Han, a Purdue University Professor and the Director of the Purdue Center for Materials Processing Research, and his wife Lu Shao, used a company they founded and operated called Hans Tech to apply and receive $1.3 million in grants from NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. The couple is accused of then using part of the funds to pay personal expenses and for the enrichment of themselves or their children.
The indictment alleges that Shao purchased a single-family home in her name, signed a lease with herself on behalf of Hans Tech, and paid “rent” to herself from Hans Tech of $3,000 per month using grant funds. Other claims in the indictment said funds were also used to pay Han and Shao’s minor children “salaries."
Jim Bush of Purdue University News Service released the following statement:
"This indictment, which Purdue learned about today through the U.S. attorney’s announcement, relates to a faculty member’s personal outside business activity. The university is looking into the matter. To the extent we have any information relevant to the case, we will, of course, provide it to the authorities."
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.