A New York Police Department officer has been accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government after he was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City.
According to prosecutors Baimadajie Angwang, 33, committed wire fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense, gave false statements and obstructed an official proceeding.
Angwang works in the community affairs unit at the 111th precinct in Queens and is listed as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials.
He holds a “secret” level security clearance as part of his job with the Army Reserve. Angwang is a Tibetan native of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen who resides in Williston Park, New York, the complaint said.
Prosecutors claim that since at least 2014, Angwang has “reported on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, and others, in the New York metropolitan area to the Consulate” and “spotted and assessed potential ethnic Tibetan intelligence sources in the New York metropolitan area and beyond.”
The complaint also alleges that Angwang provided consulate officials “access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events.”
“None of these activities falls within the scope of Angwang’s official duties and responsibilities with either the NYPD or the [United States Army Reserve],” the complaint said.
Angwang was ordered detained by a federal judge at a virtual court appearance. If convicted, Angwang could face up to 55 years in prison.