Department of Justice


U.S. Attorney’s Office


Northern District of West Virginia


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 30, 2020

立即發佈:2020年7月30日 星期四

Former West Virginia University professor sentenced for fraud that enabled him to participate in the People’s Republic of China’s “Thousand Talents Plan”


CLARKSBURG – Dr. James Patrick Lewis, of Fairview, West Virginia, was sentenced today to three months incarceration for a fraud charge involving West Virginia University, the Department of Justice announced.

克拉克斯堡 – 司法部宣佈,西維吉尼亞州費爾維尤市的詹姆斯·派翠克·路易斯博士,因涉嫌與西維吉尼亞大學有關的欺詐指控,今天被判三個月監禁。

Lewis was also fined $9,363 for the cost of the incarceration and ordered to pay $20,189 in restitution to WVU, which is paid in full.


Lewis, age 54, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with “Federal Program Fraud.” From 2006 to August 2019, Lewis was a tenured professor at West Virginia University in the physics department, specializing in molecular reactions used in coal conversion technologies. In July 2017, Lewis entered into a contract of employment with the People’s Republic of China through its “Global Experts 1000 Talents Plan.” China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.

現年54歲的路易斯就一項“聯邦項目欺詐”指控認罪。從2006年到2019年8月,路易斯是西維吉尼亞大學物理學系的終身教授,專門研究煤炭轉化技術中的分子反應。 2017年7月,路易斯通過“全球千人專家計畫”與中華人民共和國簽訂了雇用合同。中國的“千人計畫”是中國最著名的人才招募計畫之一,旨在吸引、招募和培養高級科學人才,以促進中國的科學發展、經濟繁榮和國家安全。這些人才計畫旨在吸引海外人才和外國專家,以將他們的知識和經驗帶到中國,並獎勵那些竊取專利資訊的個人。

According to Lewis’s contract, the Chinese Academy of Sciences agreed to employ Lewis as a professor for at least three years. In return, Lewis agreed to maintain an active research program that yielded publications in high quality, peer-reviewed journals, and to provide research training and experience for Chinese Academy of Sciences students.


As a part of the program, Lewis was promised benefits, including a living subsidy of 1 million Yuan (approximately $143,000), a research subsidy of 4 million Yuan (approximately $573,000), and a salary of 600,000 Yuan (approximately $86,000). To receive the benefits, Lewis would have to work full time in China for three consecutive years, for no less than nine months per year, and would have to begin work no later than Aug. 8, 2018.


In March 2018, Lewis submitted a request to WVU for an alternate/parental work assignment, requesting to be released from his teaching duties for the fall 2018 semester in order to serve as the primary caregiver for a child he and his wife were expecting in June 2018. In fact, however, Lewis knew this request was fraudulent. Rather than caring for his newborn child, Lewis planned to work in China during the fall 2018 semester as a part of his agreement with the “1000 Talents Plan.” Based on the false justification Lewis offered, WVU granted his request.

2018年3月,路易斯向西維吉尼亞大學提交了一個關於替換/父母工作任務的申請,要求將其從2018年秋季學期的教學職責中釋放出來,以讓他可以作為他們夫妻倆預計2018年6月出生孩子的主要照顧者。但是實際上,路易斯知道這個申請是欺詐性的。路易斯並沒有照顧他的新生嬰兒,而是作為他與“ 千人計畫”協議的一部分,計畫於2018年秋季學期在中國工作。根據路易斯提供的虛假理由,西維吉尼亞大學同意了他的申請。

In the fall of 2018, Lewis spent all but three weeks of the semester in China while his newborn child remained in the United States. During this period, Lewis received his full salary from WVU pursuant to his alternate/parental work assignment. Lewis’s scheme allowed him to fraudulently obtain $20,189 from WVU.


Lewis is no longer employed by WVU, having resigned in August 2019. He was ordered to self-report to prison in 30 days.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Jarod J. Douglas and Trial Attorney Evan N. Turgeon with the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division, prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service investigated. WVU cooperated in the investigation of this case.


U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh presided.

美國地方法院法官湯瑪斯 · S · 克裡負責審理此案。


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