2 new indictments in cancer-data-to-China plot

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 8:03 AM

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A researcher accused of stealing a possible cancer-fighting compound from the Medical College of Wisconsin has been indicted on two counts.

Online court records say Hua Jun Zhao, 42, was indicted Tuesday on charges of computer fraud and lying to a federal agent. A previous charge of economic espionage for stealing academic research to pass off as his own in China was superseded by the indictment, meaning it no longer applies unless he's indicted on that charge as well.

Zhao is accused of stealing three vials of the compound along with academic research that he is accused of planning to pass off as his own. Prosecutors say also he tried to delete research from the school's servers.

He'll be arraigned Thursday. Public defender Juval Scott says she'll enter not-guilty pleas on his behalf.

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