NYPD officer accused of acting as agent of Chinese government

First published on September 21, 2020 / 5:17 PM According to prosecutors, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City. NYPD officer arrested for allegedly acting as an agent of the Chinese government

September 21, 2020 / 5:17 PM
/ CBS News

An NYPD officer faces a variety of charges after being accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government, CBS New York reports. One to the United States, another to the U.S. Angwang is a Tibetan native of China and a naturalized U.S. “From the earliest stages of this investigation, the NYPD’s Intelligence and Internal Affairs bureaus worked closely with the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division to make sure this individual would be brought to justice.”

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Angwang is expected to make an appearance in court later Monday. He holds a “secret” level security clearance as part of his job with the Army Reserve. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Prosecutors claim Angwang “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.”As alleged in this federal complaint, Baimadajie Angwang violated every oath he took in this country. Army, and a third to this Police Department,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea, in response to Monday’s criminal complaint. The federal complaint also alleges Angwang 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. citizen who resides in Williston Park, New York, the complaint said.