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A former employee of a Chinese airline pleaded guilty Wednesday to acting as agent of the Chinese government for smuggling packages on flights from New York on behalf of the country’s military.
Ying Lin, a naturalized U.S. citizen from China, transferred packages from Chinese military officers assigned to the country’s United Nations mission in New York onto planes flying to China. The packages were listed as unaccompanied luggage or falsely listed under the names of passengers on the flights, breaking U.S. air safety rules that require checked baggage be accepted only from ticketed passengers, prosecutors said.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This case is a stark example of the Chinese government using the employees of Chinese companies doing business here to engage in illegal activity,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. “Covertly doing the Chinese military’s bidding on U.S. soil is a crime, and Lin and the Chinese military took advantage of a commercial enterprise to evade legitimate U.S. government oversight.”
Former Manager for International Airline Pleads Guilty to Acting as an Agent of the Chinese Government https://t.co/N7ryRCFb1J
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) April 17, 2019
In exchange for getting the packages on behalf of the Chinese military on flights, Lin received tax-exempt purchases of liquor, cigarettes and electronic devices, which prosecutors said were worth tens of thousands of dollars. https://t.co/2iUxNDw0O5
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 19, 2019
The following additional information was provided in a press release posted on the Justice Department’s website:
Lin worked for the Air Carrier from 2002 through the fall of 2015 as a counter agent at JFK Airport and from the fall of 2015 through April 2016 as the station manager at Newark Liberty International Airport. During her employment with the Air Carrier, Lin accepted packages from the PRC military officers, and placed those packages aboard Air Carrier flights to the PRC as unaccompanied luggage or checked in the packages under the names of other passengers flying on those flights. As the PRC military officers did not travel on those flights, Lin’s actions were contrary to a security program that required that checked baggage be accepted only from ticketed passengers, thereby violating TSA regulations. In addition, Lin encouraged other Air Carrier employees to assist the PRC military officers, instructing those employees that because the Air Carrier was a PRC company, their primary loyalty should be to the PRC.
In exchange for her work at the direction and under the control of PRC military officers and other PRC government officials, Lin received benefits from the PRC Mission and PRC Consulate in New York. These benefits included tax-exempt purchases of liquor, cigarettes and electronic devices worth tens of thousands of dollars. These benefits also included free contracting work at the defendant’s two residences in Queens, New York, by PRC construction workers who were permitted under the terms of their visas to work only on PRC government facilities.
When sentenced, Lin faces up to 10 years’ imprisonment. As part of the guilty plea, Lin agreed to forfeit approximately $25,000 as well as an additional $145,000 in connection with her resolution of the government’s forfeiture verdict in United States v. Zhong, No. 16-CR-614 (AMD).
据法庭文件，48岁的林英（Ying Lin, 音译）在担任中国国际航空公司驻纽约肯尼迪国际机场前台服务时，以乘客的名义暗中托运中共代表团军官的行李。
— 紫諾 (@dzjsqy) April 19, 2019
— bradlee (@bradlee16246911) April 19, 2019
— 华尔街日报中文网 (@ChineseWSJ) April 18, 2019
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