NYPD officer arrested for acting as illegal agent of China: authorities

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2020

An NYPD officer was arrested Monday morning for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for the Chinese government, according to a federal complaint.

The officer has been identified in a criminal complaint as Baimadajie Angwang, who was born in Tibet, China.

Mr Angwang is an NYPD community affairs in the 111 precinct in Queens and a US Army Reservist at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Authorities said Angwang "reported to the Consulate [of China] on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, and others, in the NY metropolitan area".

Angwang is also accused of lying in order to obtain secret clearance as a member of the military.

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". His father is a retired member of the People's Liberation Army, while his mother is a retired government official and a member of the Chinese Communist Party.

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 complaint claims he "overstayed a second visa and eventually sought asylum in the United States on he basis that he had allegedly been arrested and tortured" in China.

In a detention memo filed on Monday, the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY, said: "Angwang has travelled back to the PRC on numerous occasions since his asylum application was granted".

"This is the definition of an insider threat - as alleged, Angwang operated on behalf of a foreign government; lied to gain his clearance, and used his position as an NYPD police officer to aid the Chinese government's subversive and illegal attempts to recruit intelligence sources", William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in NY, said in a statement.

If convicted on all charges, Angwang could face 55 years in federal prison.

"From the earliest stages of this investigation, the NYPD's Intelligence and Internal Affairs bureaus worked closely with the FBI's Counterintelligence Division to make sure this individual would be brought to justice".

John Carman, Mr Angwang's lawyer, declined to comment on the case.

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