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Former JFK Airport worker admits shipping packages for Chinese military

April 18, 2019 - 2:56 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A former worker at John F Kennedy Airport has pleaded guilty on charges that she illegally shipped packages to China on behalf of the Chinese military.

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Ying Ling is a naturalized U.S. citizen, but originally comes from China. She was working for a Chinese airline when she took packages from Chinese military officers assigned to the UN mission in New York, and put them on flights headed to China without the officers on board. Prosecutors say that's a violation of U.S. air safety rules.

"Covertly doing the Chinese military's bidding on US soil is a crime, and Lin and the Chinese military took advantage of a commercial enterprise to evade legitimate US government oversight," John C. Demers, the US assistant attorney general for national security, said.

In return, authorities say Lin got benefits that included tax-exempt purchases on booze, cigarettes, and electronic devices which U.S. authorities say were worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Lin worked as a counter agent at Kennedy, CNN reports.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was unaware of the case.

"When the US authorities bring up such charges, they have to have concrete evidence instead of just trying to 'catch the wind and chasing shadows,' which would bring negative effects on bilateral relations," he said.

Lin faces up to 10 years in prison when she was sentenced.

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