Nine people have been indicted in the United States for acting as illegal agents of China.
The group reportedly carried out campaigns to harass, chase and force some residents of the United States to return to the PRC as part of a global, concerted and extralegal repatriation effort known as “Operation Fox Hunt”. I allegedly monitored and engaged in an operation. Justice Department press release.
“Unregistered, roaming agents of a foreign power are not permitted to engage in covert surveillance of American residents on American soil, and their illegal conduct will be met with the full force of American law,” Jacqueline M. Kasulis, acting US attorney, said. The Eastern District of New York said in a statement.
The accusers are Tu Lan, 50, Zhai Yongqiang, 46, Hu Jie, 46, and Li Minjun, 65, all from China; Zhu Feng, 34, a Chinese citizen living in Queens, New York; Michael McMahon, 53, of Mahwah, New Jersey; Zheng Konging, 24, of Brooklyn, New York; and Zhu Yong, aka Jason Zhu, 64, of Norwich, Connecticut. The name of the ninth defendant remains under seal.
According to the press release, the suspects have been charged with acting “under the direction and control” of Chinese authorities to facilitate the return of two individuals, identified only as John Doe #1 and wife Jane Doe #1, to China. try to force.
Around 2012 and 2014, the Chinese government issued a “red notice” to the international police organization Interpol, warning police around the world that the two were wanted in China, the statement said. For embezzlement and accepting bribe – offenses which carry maximum punishment of death and imprisonment for life respectively.
Justice officials said that Nine would later “an international campaign to threaten, harass, survey and intimidate John Doe #1 and his family in order to force John Doe #1 and Jane Doe #1 to return to the PRC.” participated in.”