Chinese researcher gets 2 years probation in research drug case

A Chinese researcher has been sentenced to two years of probation on charges stemming from the theft of a research drug from a Wisconsin medical school.

Hua Jun Zhao was also sentenced Tuesday to time served for the 4 1/2 months he has already 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.