Sin Wang introduced himself as a scientist, but he was a major in the army and exported data from a medical laboratory.
In a joint statement, prosecutor David Anderson and FBI special agent for San Francisco John Bennett announced that Sin Wang had been taken to a federal prison after trying to board a plane to Tianjin.
He entered the United States with a fake passport on March 26, 2019, under the guise of a medical researcher coming to work at the University of San Francisco. He started working in the laboratory, where he began to help with research.
Investigators have established that he is in fact a major in the Chinese People’s Army. Wang has explained in his numerous visa attempts that he left the army in 2016 and is now engaged in private research.
According to court documents, Wang, who has traveled between the United States and China four times, is part of a complex plot involving observing work at the university’s laboratory and sending information to the Chinese military to reproduce the laboratory’s methods and equipment.
“Wang told his lead professor in the lab that he had copied some of his work and emailed it to China,” the statement said.
Federal authorities also announced that some of the university lab’s activities were funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and the National Institutes of Health.
Wang has been charged with visa fraud. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and be fined $ 250,000.