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Aug 6, 2013 12:47 PM by Associated Press

Chinese researcher sentenced in US drug case

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Chinese researcher has been sentenced to two years of probation on charges related to the theft of a research drug from a U.S. medical school.

Zhao Huajun was also sentenced Tuesday to time served for the four and a half months he has spent behind bars.

A federal complaint accused Zhao of stealing a possible cancer-fighting compound and its accompanying research, with the intent of passing it off as his own in China. The compound was never found.

Zhao pleaded guilty in July to a reduced charge of illegally downloading research data from the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he worked as a researcher. He said he only intended to protect the data and not to profit from it.

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