The Washington Post reported in New York on October 20 that on Thursday, federal authorities in New York charged seven people, five of whom were from the People’s Republic of China. They have been accused of harassing a Chinese citizen living in the United States and his family in an attempt to force him to return home. The charges faced by these seven people include acting as agents of foreign governments, violating the Travel Act, and conspiring in money laundering.
According to the U.S. prosecutor’s office, this threat and harassment have lasted for many years and are part of Operation Fox Hunt. According to the U.S. Bureau of Investigation, “”Operation Fox Hunt”” is an illegal action taken by the Chinese Communist Party around the world to find and repatriate so-called “”fugitives”” who are alleged to have fled to foreign countries. U.S. prosecutor Breon Peace said Thursday that it was a “”gross violation of national sovereignty.””
According to the indictment, the defendant forced a relative of the unidentified man to travel from Communist China to the United States to persuade him to return home. They also allegedly wrote to threaten with “”severe legal punishment”” and sued him and his son in New York, accusing him of stealing money from an employer in Communist China.
According to the indictment, An Quanzhong, from Roslin, New York, was described by the prosecutor as the primary U.S. contact for the plot. He met with the man many times in 2020, 2021, and 2022, trying to persuade him to return to Communist China and telling him that if he did so, the lawsuit would be set aside.