Tuesday, August 2, 2016

FBI employee pleads guilty to spying on the agency for he Chinese government

Kun Shan Chun
KUN SHAN CHUN, a native of the People’s Republic of China and a naturalized U.S. citizen, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 For acting ias an agent of China without providing prior notice to the Attorney General. 

Chun, aka Joey Chun, 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV of the Southern District of New York. He was an employee of the FBI until his arrest on March 16, 2016.

The government charged that Chun, had “expressed a willingness to facilitate the passage of sensitive United States government information” to his Chinese associates, including individuals with connections to the Chinese government, according to the New York Times.“Kun Shan Chun violated our nation’s trust by exploiting his official U.S. Government position to provide restricted and sensitive FBI information to the Chinese Government,” said Assistant Attorney General John P.Carlin. “

“Americans who act as unauthorized foreign agents commit a federal offense that betrays our nation and threatens our security,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “And when the perpetrator is an FBI employee, like Kun Shan Chun, the threat is all the more serious and the betrayal all the more duplicitous.”

The count of acting in the United States as an agent of China without providing notice to the Attorney General carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but he will probably receive a sentence for 27 months because of his plea deal. 

Jonathan Marvinny, Chun’s federal public defender, said his client had “accepted responsibility for some mistakes in judgment that he deeply regrets. The truth is that Mr. Chun loves the United States and never intended to cause it any harm.”