Ying Lin, 46, is accused of using her job as a counter agent at an airline to smuggle packages from New York to China.
Federal prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday, she is accused of smuggling for Chinese military officers in exchange for discounted liquor and consumer electronics.
“The defendant repeatedly acted in direct contravention of rules and regulations providing for the safety of flights in the United States in order to reap personal benefit,” said Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Prosecutors did not identify the airline she worked for at New York’s JFK airport but the Wall Street Journal reported it was Air China. Air China and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs didn’t respond to requests for comment from CNNMoney.
Ling allegedly received packages from the China’s mission to the United Nations in New York and from other employees at the Chinese consulate in New York.
She is also accused of smuggling a Chinese citizen -whom she believed was being investigated by the U.S.- out of the United States on a flight from JFK airport.
According to Reuters, she helped the individual, only refered to as “Confederate,” depart the country after FBI agents interviewed her two adult daughters in October 2015.
The “Confederate” was a known associate of Ng Lap Seng, a Chinese billionaire accused of participating in giving John Ashe, who served as U.N. General Assembly from 2013 to 2014, more than $500,000 in bribes.
Ling’s case is the latest of a person linked to China being accused of breaking U.S. laws to get items across American borders illicitly.
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