By Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2020

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A former West Virginia University associate professor has been sentenced to probation after admitting to wire fraud and filing a false tax return, a federal prosecutor’s office said.

Qingyun Sun, 58, of Morgantown, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation, with the first four months on home confinement, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell’s office said in a news release.

Sun pleaded guilty to defrauding the university and to the tax charge in July. The charges stemmed from his official travel to China, prosecutors said.

Sun was an associate professor and associate director of the United States-China Energy Center at the university, the release said. He also acted as the governor’s assistant for China affairs and was a consultant.

Sun, who is no longer employed by WVU, agreed earlier to pay restitution in the amount of $6,233.12 to the university.

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