Suspected Chinese spy at Stanford hit with more charges

Song Chen. Photo provided by FBI.

By the Daily Post staff

The U.S. Department of Justice slapped an alleged Chinese spy who was posing as a researcher at Stanford with more charges yesterday (Feb. 18).

Chen Song, 38, was charged with visa fraud, obstruction of justice, destruction of documents and false statements “in connection with a scheme to conceal and lie about her status as a member of the People’s Republic of China’s military forces,” said U.S. Attorney David Anderson.

Song tried to delete documents on an external hard drive that discussed her relationship with China’s military, Anderson said.

The new complaint filed against Song also said that while released on house arrest after her initial July arrest, she deleted emails that contained a reference to her military service, employment and other affiliations. She is also accused of lying to FBI agents when interviewed about her connections to China and its military.

Leading up to her arrest in July, the FBI found that Song had authored academic papers in China in which she said she was a member of the Chinese Air Force. Song described herself in the visa application as a neurologist who would conduct research at Stanford related to brain disease, the FBI said. She will appear in court on April 7 for a pretrial conference before Judge William Alsup. Her trial is expected to begin on April 12.

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