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Senior NASA scientist pleads guilty to lying about China ties

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Prosecutors say the NASA scientist was part of a program by the Chinese government to recruit individuals with access to intellectual property

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A senior NASA scientist pleaded guilty to lying about his participation in a Chinese program that recruits "individuals with access to or knowledge of foreign technology or intellectual property."

Meyya Meyyappan of Pacifica, California, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements in a New York federal court on Wednesday. Meyyappan, 66, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

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