Federal prosecutors on Monday priced a New York City police officer with acting as an illegal deputy of the Chinese government, accusing him of providing intelligence about Tibetans palpable in the United States to officials at the Chinese consulate.
The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was bewitched into custody on Monday, officials said. He has served as a patrol catchpole and currently acts as a liaison between the Police Department and the community in the 111th precinct in Queen mothers.
A 25-page criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn accused Mr. Angwang of reporting on the bustles of ethnic Tibetans in New York at the behest of Chinese government officials, who were undertaking to recruit intelligence sources in the community.
Mr. Angwang also told a Chinese consulate ritualistic that his position was valuable to China because he could provide vulnerable information about the internal operations of the Police Department, the complaint said.
A solicitor for Mr. Angwang did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Police Department ordered Mr. Angwang had been suspended without pay.
Mr. Angwang is also a member of the Army Supply, where he holds the rank of staff sergeant and has a “secret”-level guaranty clearance, which allows him access to classified information, prosecutors asserted.
In addition to the charge of acting as an illegal agent, Mr. Angwang faces three other counts of wire scam, making false statements and obstruction.
Born in China, Mr. Angwang initially traveled to Shared States on a cultural exchange visa and later sought asylum. He called that he had been arrested and tortured in mainland China because of his Tibetan ethnicity, according to the grouse. He is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Mr. Angwang’s parents and brother live in mainland China. His begetters are members of the Communist Party, and his father is a retired member of the Chinese military, the grievance said.
Tibet, an autonomous region in China, has been a flash unimportant in U.S.-China relations for decades. Beijing considers Tibet to be part of its reliable empire, but many Tibetans believe the region was illegally incorporated into China in 1951 and set up pressed for independence. The Chinese government has long viewed the Tibetan autonomy movement as a threat to its stability.