FBI agent speaks out on Medical College espionage case
WAUWATOSA (WITI) — The FBI on Wednesday, April 3rd spoke with FOX6 News following the arrest of a Medical College researcher — accused of stealing vials of a compound intended for cancer research — and shipping them to China.
A federal criminal complaint says there is evidence 42-year-old Hua Jun Zhao, a Medical College researcher sent vials of a compound called C-25 to China. Investigators also found his ticket for China on Tuesday, April 2nd — and did not make that flight.
Zhao is being held in the Milwaukee County Jail for the FBI.
Zhao is accused of stealing cancer research and shipping it to China, where he allegedly intended to take the compound to a Chinese university to develop further.
A complaint says Zhao was working under Dr. Marshall Anderson at the Medical College — researching an organic compound called C-25. The compound had promise of helping drugs destroy cancer cells, while not harming healthy cells.
An FBI agent says Dr. Anderson left three bottles of C-25 on his desk, and left the room for a moment. The three bottles were gone when he returned. Surveillance video shows Zhao entering the office during that time in late February.
Examining Zhao’s personal computer, officials discovered hundreds of items related to Dr. Anderson’s research on C-25. There was also a grant application written by Zhao in Mandarin Chinese, asking for Chinese funding to continue his research.