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A united states Navy officer, and his wife, were arrested last week in Florida, the FBI, and the naval authorities on charges that they conspired to smuggle inflatable military-style boats in the united states to China, authorities said.
Lt-Fan Yang, 34, was assigned to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and held a top secret security clearance while working in a very sensitive anti-submarine warfare unit one, according to the court documents, obtained by Fox News. The documents, which were submitted on Oct. 11, in the U.s. District Court for the District of Middle Florida.
Sailors aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) conduct rigid-hull inflatable boat operations. (U.s. Navy photo by Ensign Lisa M. Holsberger)
Both of them are accused of conspiring to violate federal law, specifically the prohibition of firearms in the possession of an alien admitted under a nonimmigrant visa, and the transfer of a firearm to a non-resident.
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Yang’s wife is also accused of submitting false and misleading information to the export and fraudulently attempting to export the illegal goods from the united states to China.
Prosecutors alleged that the couple were in contact with two of the Chinese nationals, and was paid $205,000 to the smuggling of inflatable boats, from December 2018 to October of this year, according to court documents. It Is illegal for a foreigner to get a gun.
Lt-Fan Yang, left, shows the on-board systems of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the members of the Royal Saudi naval forces, on March 1, 2018.
(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jakoeb Vandahlen/Navy)
The researchers found more than 400 e-mails between Yang and Ge Songtao, a Chinese national, and over the course of three years, court filings said. Songtao and the Chinese agent was arrested in the state of Louisiana over the weekend.
Plaintiff alleged that the Songtao was the chairman of the Shanghai Breeze Technology Co., who was the yang’s, the documents said.
The couple was to be paid by means of wire transfer by the Shanghai wind to the HOTEL Boom, LLC, a company that was owned by the couple, according to the documents.
Prosecutors said Yang’s wife was listed as a chief consultant for the HOTEL Boom, and he was also listed as a consultant on it and business cards for the company. The court documents also alleged that Yang helped a Songtao with a gun.
Authorities questioned travel by 2018, the yang’s, took it to Disney World, where he was asked to take the time off from the Navy. Researchers have claimed that the couple, instead, he flew to Sioux City, Iowa.
The Records showed the couple have purchased a meal, rented a car and took a flight for a Chinese national who depart from an airport in Nebraska, according to the researchers.
Yang also lied about having a foreign bank account, and he was lied to by the government in order to maintain his security clearance, court documents said.
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Yang was born in China and immigrated to the united states in 1999, when as a teen-ager. He became a U.s. citizen in 2006, according to court filings.
The yang’s to be expected to appear in federal court on Wednesday.