Two Chinese nationals have to charge with paying thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry to obstruct a federal investigation into a major telecommunications company.
According to prosecutors, the two men attempted to recruit a US law implementation official as an intelligence benefit to help interfere with the probe.
However, the official was working as a double agent for the FBI.
Eleven other Chinese citizens to also charged in two other spying cases.
According to charging documents, the two men – Gouchun He and Zheng Wang – attempted to cultivate a relationship with a US law enforcement official and sought details of the investigation, including witnesses, evidence, and potential criminal charges. They also asked the official to record trial strategy meetings secretly.
While the company was not name in the documents or by Attorney General Merrick Garland at a news conference on Monday, US media reported it as China-headquartered tech giant Huawei, citing sources familiar with the investigation. US officials reduced to identify the company.
The two alleged spies paid the official tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry, including $41,000 in Bitcoin, for a photograph of a single page – marked “classified” – that Claimed to discuss a plan to charge and arrest company officials. Additional payments are to be made as recently as last week.
Unknown to the supposed spies, the US official was working on behalf of the FBI and pass along fake documents, Mr. Garland told reporters.
In a separate case in New Jersey, four people – including three claimed intelligence operatives – were charge with using a fake think tank to recruit current and former US officials. According to Mr. Garland, the suspects hoped to procure technology and have it shipped to China and interfere with US protests that could be “embarrassing.”
Additionally, seven Chinese nations were charge with attempting to force a naturalized US citizen to return to China. And part of what US officials described as part of an international effort to recover fugitives and silence dissidents and perceived opponents of the Chinese government. Two of those suspects are in custody.
According to Mr. Garland, the Chinese government forced the victim’s nephew to travel from China to transport threats, told him that “coming back and turning herself in is the only way out,” and sent specialists to the home of the casualty’s child.
In early 2022, US authorities accept a subsidiary of China’s Service of State Security investigator, a US-based private examiner, to uncover “uncomplimentary data” about a US legislative up-and-comer.
Who had participated in pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong in 2015, and at least one state-level legislator they believed may run for re-election.