US prosecutors say Chinese researcher is evading arrest in San Francisco consulate

US prosecutors say Chinese researcher is evading arrest in San Francisco consulate

  • Court filings show Juan Tang, who worked at the University of California, Davis, falsely claimed on her visa application that she had not served in the Chinese military
  • But investigators found photos of her in a Chinese military uniform

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation believes that a Chinese researcher, accused of visa fraud for hiding her affiliation with the Chinese military, has been holed up in the Chinese consulate in San Francisco for a month, according to court filings.

The filings in the US District Court in San Francisco said that Juan Tang, who worked at the University of California, Davis, falsely claimed on her visa application that she had not served in the Chinese military. But investigators found photos of her in a Chinese military uniform and discovered she had worked as a researcher at China’s Air Force Military Medical University.

The FBI questioned her on June 20 and later she went to the consulate where the bureau believes she remains.

Tang was charged with visa fraud on June 26. US law enforcement cannot enter a foreign embassy or consulate unless invited, and certain top officials such as ambassadors have diplomatic immunity.

The Chinese consulate in San Francisco and Tang could not be immediately reached for comment. The US state department did not reply to a request for comment.