Feds Say Chinese Man In Chicago Was A Spy

September 25, 2018 - 6:35 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) –  A Chinese citizen living in Chicago has been ordered held by a federal magistrate judge, for allegedly spying on U.S. scientists and engineers, including defense contractors.

Ji Chaoquin, 27, purportedly arrived in Chicago in 2013 to study engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2016, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, which considered his skills vital to the national interest. 

The criminal complaint alleges that instead, Ji worked with high-level Chinese intelligence personnel and was tasked with providing biographical information on eight people China's Ministry of State Security wished to recruit at spies.

Magistrate Judge Michael Mason ordered Ji detained. 

No date is set for his next court appearance.