NYPD officer, Baimadajie Angwang (pictured), was arrested on Monday for allegedly acting as an illegal agent for China
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 the NYPD’s 111th precinct in Queens. Angwang, 33, also serves in the US Army Reserve where he holds the rank of staff sergeant. He’s stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion.
According to a criminal complaint, Angwang was secretly supervised by handlers from the Chinese consulate in New York since at least 2014.
Angwang’s job was to ‘locate potential intelligence sources’ and ‘identify potential threats’ to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the New York metropolitan area,’ court papers say.
Authorities said Angwang ‘reported to the Consulate on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, and others, in the New York metropolitan area’.
He also was expected to provide consulate officials ‘access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events,’ they add.
According to the complaint, he allegedly began to devise a plan to ‘defraud the US Department of Defense, and to obtain money and property from the US’ in May 2019.
The complaint claims that Angwang ‘did knowingly act in the United States as an agent of a foreign government’ and ‘without prior notification to the Attorney General of the United States, as required by law’.
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Angwang (pictured), who lives in Nassau County, Long Island, currently works for the NYPD’s 111th precinct in Queens. Angwang, 33, also serves in the US Army Reserve where he holds the rank of staff sergeant
One of the PRC Consular officials at whose direction Angwang acted worked for the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture, a division of the PRC’s United Front Work Department, according to investigators.
That department is responsible for neutralizing potential opponents of the PRC and co-opting ethnic Chinese individuals living outside the PRC.
Investigators have also charged Angwang with making false statements. As part of his job in the Army Reserve, Angwang holds a ‘Secret’ level security clearance.
Court documents show that in 2019, Angwang completed and electronically submitted a background investigation form on 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 that he had close contacts with foreign nationals, including his family members who live 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 communist party member. His mother is also a member of the communist party and his brother is serving as a reservist in the PLA.
The investigation revealed that Angwang has ‘financial ties with his family members’ in China.
Authorities said Angwang wired $100,000 from a US bank to a PRC bank account in his brother’s name.
Angwang (left, in October 2018) has been charged with acting as an agent for China without prior notification to the Attorney General, committing wire fraud, making false statements and and obstructing an official proceeding
A month later, Angwang reportedly wired $50,000 from a different US bank account to a PRC account held in the name of another individual.
Authorities said he ‘initially traveled to the United States on a cultural exchange visa’.
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.
But according to a detention memo filed on Monday by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, an investigation found that ‘Angwang has traveled back to the PRC on numerous occasion since his asylum application was granted’.
‘These are not the actions of an individual who fears torture or persecution at the hands of the PRC, thus showing that his U.S. citizenship was secured through false pretenses,’ the document says.
In a statement, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, told DailyMail.com: ‘As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country.
‘One to the United States, another to the U.S. Army, and a third to this Police Department.
‘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.’
Shea said Angwang has been suspended without pay.
Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement: ‘The defendant allegedly violated his sworn oath to serve the New York City community and defend the Constitution against all enemies by reporting to PRC government officials about the activities of Chinese citizens in the New York area and developing 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 and obstructing an official proceeding.