A Singapore man, after confessing his guilt, was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 9, to 14 months in prison for spying on valuable military and political information in the United States and sending it to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
As reported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Jun Wei Yeo pleaded guilty on July 24, 2020, to acting within the United States as an illegal agent of the CCP.
According to Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers, Yeo reportedly operated under direct orders from the CCP, recruiting U.S. citizens to provide information that he then passed on to CCP authorities.
“Yeo concealed his PRC affiliation from his recruits and, contrary to law, from the United States Government. This criminal conduct is part of the PRC’s efforts to exploit the openness of American society by using agents who may appear innocuous, but who act upon taskings from a foreign government to obtain access and information,” Demers said.
James A. Dawson, director in charge of the local FBI office in Washington said, “The FBI’s warning is not new, but the message warrants repeating: The Chinese communist government is working to gain information and access by all means, including recruiting US-based individuals to provide classified and/or sensitive information.”
Alan Kohler, deputy director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, reported that Yeo used various social networking platforms to recruit Americans with access to confidential government information. Using deceptive tactics, he identified their vulnerabilities as dissatisfaction with employment or financial difficulties, and offered money in exchange for information and written reports. Yeo told these individuals that the reports were for clients in Asia, without disclosing that they were in fact intended for the Chinese Communist Party.
According to reports from the Department of Justice, Yeo had pleaded guilty in July to the charge of acting within the United States as an illegal agent of a foreign power and was awaiting his sentence which was confirmed yesterday to be 14 months’ effective imprisonment.
Yeo’s case is not an isolated one, as the Trump administration has long denounced the Chinese communist regime’s constant attempts to steal valuable information from the United States for its own benefit.
In September, the Justice Department announced global hacking charges against five Chinese and two Malaysian citizens. The seven defendants were charged with computer intrusion against more than 100 U.S. and foreign companies. The two Malaysians have already been arrested, while the five Chinese are still at large in China.
In July, according to the Associated Press, the Justice Department had already accused other Chinese computer hackers of working with the CCP, to interfere with companies developing vaccines against the CCP Virus and to steal valuable information, involving billions of dollars in intellectual property and trade secrets of companies around the world.
All of these allegations and investigations are part of the Trump administration’s decision and effort to expose cybercrimes committed primarily by Chinese citizens, to benefit the CCP by transferring valuable information of all kinds.