U.S. Defense Contractor Faces Criminal Charges for Deceiving Ties to Communist China

【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: HaiXing (海星) Translator: Ranting

On October 5, the U.S. Department of Justice filed criminal charges against Shapour Moinian, a citizen working for a U.S. defense contractor, after he repeatedly lied about his ties to the Chinese Communist Party on a national security background check.

According to the Voice of America, Shapour Moinian was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, retired from the military to work for various defense contractors, was a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy, and has undergone numerous national security background checks. He knowingly made materially false, fraudulent, and fictitious statements while completing the national security background check questionnaire, claiming that he had no close or ongoing contact with foreign nationals and had not been asked to serve as a consultant or considered for employment by a foreign national within the past seven years.

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, in 2017, Moinian communicated with a CCP intelligence agent disguised as a recruiter on an employment service platform. A trip to China followed in March 2017, when he worked for an approved defense contractor on multiple projects, including high-altitude unmanned surveillance aircraft used by the U.S. military and some allies.

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Upon her return to the United States, Moinian continued to communicate with the female intelligence officer and to keep her informed of the progress of her work. In September 2017, Moinian again traveled overseas to meet with her. After this meeting, Moinian received payment from a relative through her Korean bank account before transferring the money to himself.

Since then, he has met with and received cash from the informant and his colleagues on several occasions, including in Hong Kong, Macau, Bali, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

The Justice Department also investigated searches for engaging in sabotage, espionage, acting as a spy and selling military information to foreign countries using an Internet search engine after Moinian returned to the United States following a 2018 meeting with CCP intelligence agents.

In a statement from the Justice Department, FBI Director Special Agent Suzanne Turner said, “This case is a clear reminder that CCP intelligence agencies use social media to develop tactics to target, recruit, and maintain contact with valuable foreign assets.”

Post Script: This article only represents the view of the author.

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