The world-renowned Harvard nanoscientist charged with lying about his ties to China appeared in court in handcuffs and and orange jumpsuit Thursday as a judge set his bail at $1 million, confiscated his passport and ordered him to remain in Massachusetts as the case against him continues.
According the federal investigators, a professor at a Chinese university approached Lieber, who is a prolific inventor, in 2011. A few days later, Lieber traveled to China’s Wuhan University of Technology to sign a long-term agreement. When the terms were finalized, he would be paid $50,000 a month, $158,000 in living expenses, and $1.5 million to establish a research lab at the Chinese university.
But Lieber kept that secret from Harvard, according to federal prosecutors, and when questioned by Department of Defense investigators in 2018, denied he had ever participated in the Thousand Talents program.