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Two Individuals Arrested for Operating Undeclared Police Station of the Chinese Government in Chinatown in Manhattan

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Defendants Are New York City Residents Who Allegedly Destroyed Evidence When Confronted by the FBI

Today, a complaint was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging two defendants in connection with opening and operating an undeclared overseas police station, located in lower Manhattan, for the Ministry of Public Security (“MPS”) of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”).  Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping were arrested earlier this morning at their homes in New York City.  Their initial appearances are scheduled this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge James R. Cho. 

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Matthew G. Olsen, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s National Security Division; and Michael J. Driscoll, Assistant Director-in-Charge, FBI, New York Field Office, announced the arrests and charges.

“This prosecution reveals the Chinese government’s flagrant violation of our nation’s sovereignty by establishing a secret police station in the middle of New York City,” stated United States Attorney Peace.  “As alleged, the defendants were directed to do the PRC’s bidding, including helping locate a Chinese dissident living in the United States, and obstructed our investigation by deleting their communications with a Chinese Ministry of Public Security official.  Such a police station has no place here in New York City—or any American community.”

“The PRC, through its repressive security apparatus, established a secret physical presence in New York City to monitor and intimidate dissidents and those critical of its government,” stated Assistant Attorney General Olsen. “The PRC’s actions go far beyond the bounds of acceptable nation-state conduct. We will resolutely defend the freedoms of all those living in our country from the threat of authoritarian repression.”

“The defendants, operating on behalf of the government of the People’s Republic of China, are alleged to have operated an undeclared police station in downtown New York City,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Driscoll.  “Upon learning of the FBI’s investigation into the police station, the defendants erased their communications to conceal their activities.  Clandestine police stations operating within our communities are not only illegal but infringe on the United States' freedom - they will not be tolerated.   The FBI is unwavering in our mission to protect the American people and uphold our Constitution; anyone working on behalf of a hostile foreign nation to violate our national security and freedoms will be held accountable.”

As alleged in the complaint, Lu Jianwang and Chen Jinping are charged with conspiring to act as agents of the PRC government as well as obstructing justice by destroying evidence of their communications with an MPS official (the “MPS Official”).  While acting under the direction and control of the MPS Official, the defendants worked together to establish the first known overseas police station in the United States on behalf of the Fuzhou branch of the MPS.  The police station—which closed in the fall of 2022—occupied an entire floor in an office building in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  Lu and Chen helped open and operate the clandestine police station.  None of the participants in the scheme informed the U.S. government that they were helping the PRC government surreptitiously open and operate an undeclared MPS police station on U.S. soil.

Before helping open the police station in early 2022, Lu had a longstanding relationship of trust with PRC law enforcement, including the MPS.  Since 2015, and through the operation of the secret police station, Lu was directed to assist the PRC government’s repressive activities on U.S. soil:

In October 2022, the FBI conducted a judicially authorized search of the illegal police station.  In connection with the search, FBI agents interviewed both Lu and Chen and seized their phones.  In reviewing the contents of these phones, FBI agents observed that communications between Lu and Chen, on the one hand, and the MPS Official, on the other, appeared to have been deleted.  In subsequent consensual interviews, Lu and Chen admitted to the FBI that they had deleted their communications with the MPS Official after learning about the ongoing FBI investigation, thus preventing the FBI from learning the full extent of the MPS’s directions for the overseas police station.  

If convicted of conspiring to act as agents of the PRC, the defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The obstruction of justice charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The charges in the complaints are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s National Security and Cybercrime Section.  Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander A. Solomon, and Antoinette N. Rangel are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance from Trial Attorney Scott A. Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

The FBI has created a website for victims to report efforts by foreign governments to stalk, intimidate, or assault people in the United States.  If you believe that you are or have been a victim of transnational repression, please visit

The Defendants:

Lu Jianwang
Age:  61
Bronx, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No.  23-MJ-265

Chen Jinping
Age: 59
Manhattan, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No.  23-MJ-265


John Marzulli
Danielle Blustein Hass
U.S. Attorney's Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated April 17, 2023

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