The Department of Justice announced that they have arrested and charged eight PRC operatives who conducted a multi-year campaign involving harassing and stalking certain residents of the US with Chinese origins to force them to return to the PRC.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they have arrested and charged eight PRC operatives who conducted a multi-year campaign involving harassing and stalking certain residents of the US with Chinese origins to force them to return to the PRC.
Zhu Yong, Hongru Jin, Michael McMahon, Rong Jing, Zheng Congying, Zhu Feng, Hu Ji, and Li Minjun were all charged for participating in the extralegal repatriation effort known as “Operation Fox Hunt.”
Zhu, Ji, and Li are still at large while the others are expected to be arranged in Brooklyn and California.
The DOJ said that all suspects been charged with conspiracy to act as an illegal agent of a foreign government conspired to work on behalf of China in an “international campaign to threaten, harass, surveil, and intimidate.”
Prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York also charged the eight suspects with violating interstate stalking laws for harassing a resident of New Jersey and his family.
Acting U.S. Attorney for EDNY Seth DuCharme said that the operatives used a private eye and sent threatening messages to the victim.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the Chinese operatives often used intimidation tactics and told their victims that they had two options, return to China promptly or commit suicide.
“Today’s charges reflect yet another example of China’s ongoing and widespread lawless behavior,” said Wray.
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