Four Chinese Nationals Charged with Visa Fraud while Conducting Research in the U.S.

  • Allegations of supplying false information were made against Xin Wang, a visiting researcher at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); Kaikai Zhao, a graduate student at Indiana University studying artificial intelligence; Juan Tang, a visiting cancer researcher at the University of California (UC), Davis; and Chen Song, a visiting neurologist at Stanford University, when they applied for a visa to travel to the US for work.
  • The individuals lied about their status as members of the People’s Republic of China’s military forces, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) according to a memo from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Each defendant has been charged with visa fraud and, if convicted, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
  • The FBI conducted additional interviews in over 25 cities with visa holders suspected to having undisclosed affiliations with the Chinese military.