HKU robotics expert Ning Xi arrested for US$420,000 expenses fraud

Hong Kong | 22 Feb 2018 3:01 pm

University of Hong Kong robotics expert Ning Xi has been charged in the United States with defrauding Michigan State University with false expense claims.

Xi also is accused of defrauding the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a professional organization.

The FBI says it has counted more than US$420,000 in fraudulent reimbursements over a five-year period. Records show the money was used to pay off substantial credit card debt.

Xi is the former director of Michigan State's Robotics and Automation Laboratory. The University of Hong Kong lists Xi as director of the school's Emerging Technologies Institute. He is also chair professor of robotics and automation in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing System.

Before joining HKU, Xi was a university distinguished professor, the John D. Ryder Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Robotics and Automation Laboratory at Michigan State University in United States. He also served as the founding head of the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at City University of Hong Kong (2011-2013).  

Xi was arrested last week near the Michigan State campus. He appeared in federal court on Wednesday and remains in custody. His attorneys declined to comment.-AP/The Standard

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