NYPD officer arrested and charged as an 'illegal agent' of China

Tensions between the United States and China have soared since US President Donald Trump took office

Tensions between the United States and China have soared since US President Donald Trump took office

A New York City police officer and Army reservist has been arrested and charged as an alleged illegal agent of China who has been spying on ethnic Tibetans living in the United States. But he still "maintained a relationship" with People's Republic of China officials at the consulate, including one whose department was "responsible for. neutralizing sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of the PRC", the complaint says.

Angwang is charge with acting as an agent of a foreign government without prior notification to the attorney general, wire fraud, making false statements, and obstruction of an official proceeding.

Angwang (pictured), who lives in Nassau County, Long Island, now works for the NYPD's 111th precinct in Queens.

Angwang is accused in court documents of reporting to Chinese consulate officials about the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York City area and assessing potential intelligence sources within the local Tibetan community, court documents charge.

Angwang's job was to "locate potential intelligence sources" and "identify potential threats to the PRC in the NY metropolitan area", court papers say. He holds a "secret" level security clearance as part of his job with the Army Reserve.

The officer also allegedly "provided Consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events".

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NYPD Officer Charged with Acting as Illegal Agent of China

He initially travelled to the U.S. on a cultural exchange visa. He overstayed a second visa and eventually claimed asylum on the grounds he had been arrested and tortured in China, due partly to his TIbetan ethnicity. The investigation revealed that Angwang has "financial ties with his family members" in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

Mr Angwang, who makes about $50,000 (£40,000) a year, in 2016 wired $100,000 to his brother's account in China, according to investigators.

A month later, Angwang reportedly wired $50,000 from a different U.S. bank account to a PRC account held in the name of another individual.

The NYPD or New York Police Benevolent Association has not commented on the matter.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY announced that Officer Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested for "acting as an illegal agent of the People's Republic of China as well as committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing an official proceeding".

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