Chinese PLA Soldier Arrested at LAX, Facing 10 Years in Prison

Chinese PLA Soldier Arrested at LAX, Facing 10 Years in Prison

The San Francisco Bureau of the FBI has reported an arrest that took place early last month at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Xin Wang, an officer in the Chinese Army, apparently acting as a Chinese spy, was taken in on Visa Fraud after border agents found blatant lies on his visa application. Further investigation shows his presence in the country was far more worrisome. He had wiped his WeChat messaging content right before being apprehended.

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Wang disclosed to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that he was directed by the Chinese Military to observe the layout of the lab at the University of California, San Franscisco (UCSF). The directive was so that the Chinese Government could replicate the lab in their country.

The soldier also had in his possesion various studies from the university. He was planning on bringing them to his superiors in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Much of the work at the university is funded by grants from the US Deportment of Health and Human Services as well as the National Institutes of Health.

The Visa Fraud charges had to do with lies told on his visa application form. Xin Wang claimed he was a high level technician who worked at a military lab but agents found he was a Major and had been receiving financing from the PLA and the Chinese Scholarship Council. USCF had also been paying him during this time.

Court documents show Wang was still employed by the PLA while he was in the USA and had made false statements about his military service to receive a J1 Visa. The charges carry a penalty of 10 years in prison and up to $250,000.

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