Chinese Military Officer Charged With Visa Fraud After Attempting To Steal Medical Research From The University Of California

The relationship between the United States of America and China is hanging by a thread. Since the coronavirus pandemic started in China, President Trump had pointed fingers at the Chinese government for not controlling the situation better. The Chinese government has fired back with accusations and denial. The tension is high on both sides and now a Chinese military officer has been arrested and charged with visa fraud on U.S. soil.

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1The case

Documents filed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California state that a Chinese scientific researcher and officer in the People’s Republic of China Liberation Army was arrested on Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport while he was trying to return back to China. The arrest was made as he was charged with visa fraud.

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2The person involved

Xin Wang was the person arrested by the police. He was a scientific researcher and officer with the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) People’s Liberation Army (PLA). He was on his way to depart the United States for Tianjin, China. He arrived in the United States to conduct scientific research at the University of California, San Francisco.

The person involved

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3He arrived in 2019

According to the documents Mr. Wang had arrived in the United States on March 26, 2019. According to his visa application, the purpose of his visit was to conduct and observe scientific research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). According to the documents Wang may have falsified information on his visa application.

He arrived in 2019

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4He said that he served as a professor

In his visa application, Mr. Wang had stated that he served as an Associate Professor in Medicine in the PLA from September 2002 till September 2016. This was 4 years ago but when he was questioned by officers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the airport before departing he revealed that he was still currently a “Level 9” technician in the PLA.

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5More was revealed

As the CBP probed deeper into the history of Mr. Wang the found out that he was still employed by a military university lab. They also found out that he was receiving compensation from the PLA and the China Scholarship Council. This was along with the compensation from UCSF. The compensation was given during his stay in the United States.

More was revealed

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