A federal jury convicted a New Jersey man of generating forged visas for academic researchers employed by the Chinese Communist regime who entered the U.S., according to Fox News.
According to court documents, Zhongsan Liu, 59, was involved in obtaining J-1 visas for Chinese citizens employed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to work in the United States.
“Liu operated an office of the China Association for the International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP), an agency of the PRC government, in Fort Lee, New Jersey,” court documents say.
CAIEP is also involved in recruiting U.S. talent, which included scientists, academics, engineers and other experts, to work in China.
Liu fraudulently worked from 2017 through and including September 2019, generating the visas for Chinese to work for CAIEP in the United States and concealing the illegal work from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security.
Zhongsan Liu was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and committing visa fraud, and could get up to 5 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for July 11.
Another fake visa case came to light this month after an FBI agent testified on Monday, March 14, that Chinese nationals brought to the United States on research visas went to work for Chinese technology company ZTE Corp, according to Reuters.
A Texas court found that the company again violated U.S. laws.
ZTE Corp. was on probation from a 2017 plea agreement in connection with the illegal shipment of U.S. technology to Iran.
In 2017, Washington, had agreed to lift a ban on U.S. technology exports to the company after it paid hefty fines and agreed to undergo years of scrutiny.
The U.S. District Court judge in Texas cited substantial evidence to support an indictment against Jianjun Yu, director of a ZTE lab in Morristown, New Jersey, who conspired with a Georgia Institute of Technology professor to obtain J-1 visas for six people.
“ZTE has the choice in the future to follow the law of this country and to be a truthful, law-abiding partner,” the judge wrote in the ruling, according to Bloomberg. “Its choice will have grave consequences for both China and the United States of America”.
Chinese espionage is of concern to the U.S. In 2018, the Trump administration launched the “China Initiative” to protect national security against Chinese espionage and theft in intellectual property in U.S. academia.
Biden last month ended that Justice Department program, and in its place, his administration implemented a new “Strategy to Counter Nation-State Threats,” Fox News noted.