On October 20, a federal court in the Eastern District of New York indicted seven Chinese nationals for joining the law enforcement activities of the Chinese regime on U.S. soil without the approval or coordination of the U.S. government.
The case is associated with Operation Fox Hunt, a global anti-corruption policy launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that targets Chinese fugitives accused of fleeing the country with large amounts of money.
The seven accused include Quanzhong An, 55, in New York, and his daughter Guangyang An, 34. Five others are still in China: Tian Peng, Chenghua Chen, Chunbde Ming, Xuexin Hou, and Weidong Yuan.
According to the indictment, Quanzhong An is a businessman from Queens, New York, and a shareholder in a hotel in Flushing. The court denounced him as the mastermind of this case. He worked at the behest of China’s Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection to harass and force a Chinese man and his son to leave the U.S. and return to China. In addition, his co-conspirators in China have repeatedly sent threatening letters to the man’s family.
The Chinese regime filed in a New York state court against the father and son. Accordingly, The father allegedly stole money from a Chinese employer, and the son allegedly made illicit gains from the scam.
The indictment also alleges Quanzhong An and his daughter joined in a money laundering scheme to pay millions of dollars from China to the U.S. financial system.
According to VOA, the U.S. Attorney’s press release states that the defendants could receive a maximum 10-year sentence if found guilty of serving as China’s agents.