Air China employee linked to Macau billionaire faces own case

martes 19 de abril de 2016 16:07 GYT

By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK, April 19 (Reuters) - An employee of a Chinese airline, who came onto the radar of U.S. authorities as they probed the activities of a Macau billionaire accused of bribing a U.N. General Assembly president, is now facing legal troubles of her own.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this month searched the home of Air China Ltd employee Ying Lin, seizing 100 items, including computers and jewelry, her lawyer said last week at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

The search comes eight months after Lin, a U.S. citizen, was charged with structuring deposits at two banks in amounts less than $10,000 to evade currency transaction reporting requirements over a five-year period beginning in August 2010.

At the April 12 hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Solomon, who belongs to a national security and cyber crime unit, said prosecutors may bring more charges based on the search against Lin, who has pleaded not guilty.

The exact nature of the probe into Lin could not be determined. No claims have been made involving Air China, where Lin has worked for 14 years and is its Newark station manager. A spokeswoman for the state-run carrier did not respond to requests for comment.

The investigation is not the first time that Lin has been in the FBI's crosshairs.

According to a person familiar with the matter and court filings, Lin was also as early as 2014 drawn into a separate investigation into Ng Lap Seng, a real estate developer from Macau who heads Sun Kian Ip Group.

Ng, who last year had a $1.8 billion net worth, and his assistant, Jeff Yin, were arrested in September for allegedly making false statements to customs officials about why they brought $4.5 million into the United States from China.   Continuación...