A Communist takeover? Chinese military researcher admits stealing data, layouts from US university

Sunday, July 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Michael Alexander
Sunday, July 05, 2020

A Chinese medical scientist who spent a year on a fellowship in San Francisco has been arrested and charged with visa fraud, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

The scientist, Xin Wang, 36, was charged with one count of visa fraud for failing to disclose on his visa application that he is an active-duty member of China’s armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army.

According to Fox News, Wang, who was in possession of university research materials from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as he was attempting to board his flight to Tianjin, China.

As per the report, the suspect purportedly admitted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that he is currently a “Level-9” technician for the PLA, and that he is employed by a Chinese military medical university. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), this position “roughly corresponds with the level of major” in the military.

This, the report said, contradicts the information Wang put on his U.S. visa application, where he said that he served as an “associate professor in medicine” in the PLA from 2002 to 2016.

Wang, according to the FBI, intentionally made false statements about his history of military service in an attempt to increase the chances of authorities approving his visa application.

In the report, Wang also allegedly told the CBP officers that his employer instructed him to document the UCSF laboratory’s layout so that they could replicate it in China. He also allegedly carried UCSF studies on his laptop and digital storage device, all of which were intended to be shared with his colleagues in the Communist army.

U.S. Customs officials also noted that Wang, aside from admitting to sending research materials to his lab in China via email during his stay at UCSF, also allegedly wiped WeChat messages from his cellphone the day he tried to fly back to his home country.

On Monday, Wang appeared before a federal magistrate in Los Angeles, who then ordered that he be held in custody until a further detention hearing. According to authorities, he could face up to 10 years in prison as well as pay a $250,000 fine if found guilty.

The Department of Justice said in an email to Epoch Times that it had no comment regarding the possibility of additional or different charges against Wang in the future.

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