Stocksak: Two Chinese defendants charged with trying to obstruct the prosecution of telecoms

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By Jonathan Stempel & Sarah N. Lynch

NEW YORK (Stocksak), – Two Chinese nationals were charged by U.S. prosecutors with trying to obstruct prosecution of a Chinese global telecommunications firm, according to a Brooklyn federal court filing.

Guochun Wang, Zheng Wang, and Zheng He were charged in a criminal charge dated October 20. The charges were made public on Monday. The defendant is the telecommunications company in an ongoing criminal prosecution. In February 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a superseding conviction was filed.

Although the complaint does not identify the company, it contains details that suggest the case involves Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The Justice Department announced that Huawei had been indicted in a supplementary indictment for violating Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) Act.

Huawei’s spokesperson could not be reached immediately for comment Monday.

He and Wang are being accused of trying to obtain confidential data concerning witnesses, trial evidence, or any other potential charges against the company.

It alleges that they tried to recruit a U.S. police officer who they believed would help them spy on China.

According to the complaint, the recruit, referred to as “GE-1”, was actually working as a double agent under FBI supervision.

According to the complaint, Wang and He paid Wang $14,000 plus $600 in jewelry for their confidential information regarding the investigation by the Justice Department and the criminal prosecution of the company.

According to the complaint, Wang and He first tried to access non-public information regarding the Justice Department’s investigation after the company was initially charged in 2019.

Their activity increased in the summer 2021, when He asked GE-1 about details of meetings with U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District of New York while prosecutors were discussing preparations to the jury trial.

GE-1 was able to pass He a piece paper that looked classified. This page was supposed to discuss a plan to have two Chinese-based executives arrested by federal investigators.

According to the complaint, he paid GE-1 $41,000 for this page.

Later that year, GE-1 also transmitted a second sheet that purportedly covered legal strategy and the use of cooperating witnesses in prosecution.

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