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Wed Apr 17, 2019, 08:56 PM

Former Manager for International Airline Pleads Guilty to Acting As an Agent of the Chinese Governme

Source: U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Former Manager for International Airline Pleads Guilty to Acting As an Agent of the Chinese Government

Defendant Placed Packages on Flights from JFK Airport to Beijing at the Direction of Military Officers Assigned to the Chinese Mission to the United Nations

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Ying Lin pleaded guilty to acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), without notification to the Attorney General, by working at the direction and control of military officers assigned to the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations. Lin, a former manager with an international air carrier headquartered in the PRC (the Air Carrier), wrongly facilitated the transport of packages from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK Airport) to the PRC aboard Air Carrier flights at the behest of the PRC military officers and in violation of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. The proceeding was held before United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), announced the guilty plea.

“The defendant’s actions as an agent of the Chinese government helped Chinese military officers to evade U.S. law enforcement scrutiny of packages that they sent from New York to Beijing,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “This case demonstrates how seriously we address counterintelligence threats posed by individuals in the United States who work for foreign governments, such as China.” Mr. Donoghue expressed his grateful appreciation to the TSA for their assistance on the case.

“This case is a stark example of the Chinese government using the employees of Chinese companies doing business here to engage in illegal activity,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “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.”

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Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/former-manager-international-airline-pleads-guilty-acting-agent-chinese-government

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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 02:29 AM

1. From nydailynews.com

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-air-china-flight-attendant-guilty-smuggling-20190418-tem6cuu74rdebmoptvj2jx2qb4-story.html

Former Air China flight attendant pleads guilty to smuggling mystery packages through JFK for Chinese military officials

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Lin said the misconduct began sometime after she was promoted from air hostess to VIP manager in January 2010.

The 48-year-old admitted she and her colleagues smuggled packages, whose contents remain a mystery, from JFK to Beijing “at the direction of officials and my employer, Air China.”
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