Two U.S. citizens of employment background at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been indicted for their alleged role in the Chinese government’s scheme to conduct transnational repression on American soil.

According to a statement by the Justice Department on July 7, one of the men is Craig Miller, a deportation officer to DHS’s Emergency Relief Operations in Minneapolis. The other one is Derrick Taylor, a former DHS law enforcement agent. Taylor is currently working as a private investigator in Irvine, California.

Both extracted confidential private information of U.S.-based dissidents from China. Data, which came from a restricted federal law enforcement database, were then given to three agents of the Chinese government. 

The three include two New Yorkers, 62-year-old Fan “Frank” Liu and 49-year-old Matthew Ziburis, and a Chinese citizen Qiang “Jason” Sun, 40. 

Liu and Ziburis allegedly worked under Sun’s guidance and supervision to defame Chinese pro-democracy activists living abroad. Not only did they try to spread false information about their targets, but also spy on, stalk, harass, and monitor them.

When the FBI confronted DHS official Miller and private investigator Taylor about the files given to the trio, both tried to get rid of the evidence and lied that the data came from the dark web. 

The two were arrested in June. A federal grand jury in Brooklyn on July 6 indicted Miller and Taylor of multiple crimes, one of which is obstructing justice. Taylor, in particular, was also charged with making a false statement to the FBI.

It should be noted that the three agents for the Chinese government the pair helped were charged in March for destroying the artwork of a Chinese dissident and spying on the victim via planted surveillance cameras. They also targeted other dissidents in New York City, California, and Indiana.

Ironically, Frank Liu is also Chairman of the World Harmony Foundation Statement at the United Nations.

Liu, Ziburis, Sun, and Taylor each face a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail, while Miller is subject to a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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