A Chinese military officer is accused of trying to leave the United States with a cache of scientific research conducted at a California university. Xin Wang, a high-ranking member of the People’s Liberation Army, was arrested Monday and charged with making false claims on his visa application.
H/T: Washington Examiner
According to the Department of Justice press release:
Wang is alleged to have made fraudulent statements on this visa application. Specifically, in his visa application, Wang stated that he had served as an Associate Professor in Medicine in the PLA, from September 1, 2002 through September 1, 2016.
In reality, when interviewed by officers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at LAX on June 7, 2020, Wang provided information that he was, in fact, still currently a “Level 9” technician in the PLA, employed by a military university lab. CBP officers also obtained information that this roughly corresponded with the level of Major, and that Wang had received compensation from the PLA and the China Scholarship Council—in addition to compensation from UCSF—while in the United States.
Also according to court documents, Wang provided information to CBP that he had been instructed by his supervisor, the director of his military university lab in the PRC, to observe the layout of the UCSF lab and bring back information on how to replicate it in China. CBP received information that Wang had studies from UCSF with him which he was taking to share with his PLA colleagues, and he had sent research to his lab in China via email. Wang similarly told his supervising UCSF professor that he had duplicated some of the work of that professor at the lab in China.
Officer of China’s People’s Liberation Army Arrested At Los Angeles International Airport -— BenTallmadge (@BenKTallmadge) June 12, 2020
Défendent Xin Wang’s visa application stated that the purpose of his visit was to conduct scientific research at University of California, San Francisco.
Wang told customs agents he was ordered by Chinese military personnel to “observe the layout of the UCSF lab and bring back information on how to replicate it in China.”https://t.co/G8jTPLBbMn— Daniel Hoffman (@danielhoffmanDC) June 12, 2020
Chinese army officer scouting U.S. research facility nabbed for visa fraudhttps://t.co/16BNH2ZVMI— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 12, 2020
Xin Wang admitted he was an officer in the Chinese People's Liberation Army and was employed by a military university lab. https://t.co/SyebF59z8E— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 12, 2020
Read the unsealed Wang criminal complaint below.