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A New York City police officer who also serves in the U.S. Army Reserve was arrested Monday on a federal charges of acting as an illegal agent of China, authorities said.
The police officer, Baimadajie Angwang, who was born in the region of Tibet in China, allegedly repeatedly reported to officials at the Chinese consulate in Neww York on the activities of other ethnic Tibetans in the New York areas.
Angwang, 33, works in the borough of Queens and lives in Nassau County, Long Island, according to authorities.
Angwang is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. The cop was scheduled to make a virtual appearance in federal court on Monday afternoon.
According to court filings, Angwang “currently holds the rank of Staff Sergeant” in the Army Reserve, “and is stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion.”
A criminal complaint said that Angwang, “while acting at the direction and control of” People’s Republic of China “officials, has, among other things … reported on the activities of ethnic Tibetans, and others, in the New York metropolitan area to the Consulate” of China.
He also allegedly “spotted and assessed potential ethnic Tibetan intelligence sources in the New York metropolitan area and beyond,” the complaint said.
And Angwang “used his official position in the NYPD to provide Consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events,” the complaint said.
Angwang works as a civil affairs specialist for the Army Reserve. As part of his job there, he holds “Secret” level security clearance.
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