NYPD officer is arrested for ‘spying for China: Baimadajie Angwang Biography, Wiki, Age
An officer with the New York City Police Department was arrested on Monday for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for China.
The officer has been identified in a criminal complaint as Baimadajie Angwang, who was born in Tibet, China.
Angwang, who lives in Nassau County, Long Island, currently works for NYPD District 111 in Queens. Angwang, 33, also serves in the United States Army Reserve, where he holds the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is stationed at Fort Dix, NJ, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion.
According to a criminal complaint, Angwang has been secretly monitored by handlers at the Chinese consulate in New York since at least 2014.
Angwang’s job was to ‘locate possible intelligence sources’ and’ identify possible threats’ to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the New York metropolitan area, ‘the court documents say.
Authorities said Angwang “informed the Consulate about the activities of ethnic Tibetans and others in the New York metropolitan area.”
It was also expected to give consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events, ‘they add.
According to the complaint, he allegedly began hatching a scheme to ‘defraud the US Department of Defense and obtain US money and property.’ In May 2019.
The complaint states that Angwang “acted knowingly in the United States as an agent of a foreign government” and “without prior notification to the United States Attorney General, as required by law.”
One of the consular officials of the People’s Republic of China under whose direction Angwang acted worked for the China Association for the Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture, a division of the Department of Labor of the United Front of the People’s Republic of China, according to the researchers.
That department is responsible for neutralizing potential opponents of the People’s Republic of China and for co-opting ethnic Chinese living outside the People’s Republic of China.
Investigators have also accused Angwang of making false statements. As part of his job in the Army Reserve, Angwang has a “Secret” level security clearance.
Court documents show that in 2019, Angwang completed and electronically submitted a background investigation form in which he is accused of lying.
Angwang allegedly lied on the form by denying that he had contacts with a foreign government or its consulate.
He is also said to have denied having close contacts with foreign nationals, including members of his family living in China, some of whom are affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Investigators detailed Angwang’s ties to China, revealing that his father is a retired member of the PLA and a member of the Communist Party. His mother is also a member of the communist party and his brother works as a reservist in the PLA.
The investigation revealed that Angwang has “economic ties to his family members” in China.
Authorities said Angwang transferred $ 100,000 from a US bank to a PRC bank account in his brother’s name.
A month later, Angwang reportedly transferred $ 50,000 from a different US bank account to a PRC account in someone else’s name.
Authorities said he “initially traveled to the United States on a cultural exchange visa.”
The complaint states that he “stayed longer than a second visa and eventually sought asylum in the United States on the grounds that he had allegedly been arrested and tortured” in China.
In a statement, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told DailyMail.com: ‘As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang violated all the oaths he took in this country.
One for the United States, one for the United States Army, and a third for this Police Department.
“From the earliest stages of this investigation, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs and Intelligence offices worked closely with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division to ensure that this person was brought to justice.”
Shea said Angwang was suspended without pay.
Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement: “ The defendant allegedly violated his oath to serve the New York City community and uphold the Constitution against all enemies by informing government officials of the People’s Republic of China. on the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area. and the development of intelligence sources within the Tibetan community in the United States ”.
Angwang has been charged with acting as an agent for China without prior notification to the Attorney General, committing wire fraud, making false statements and obstructing official proceedings.