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DOJ Alleges Stanford Researcher Destroyed Evidence of Links to Chinese Military

A researcher at Stanford University has been indicted on charges of lying and destroying evidence of her status as a member of the Chinese military. Song Chen, a 39-year-old visiting medical researcher at the university, was charged last July over allegedly lying on a visa application about her membership in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). On Feb. 18, a federal grand jury issued an expanded indictment charging Song with visa fraud, obstruction of justice, destruction of documents, and lying to federal investigators. Song’s 2018 visa application said that she was a neurologist who was coming to Stanford to conduct research related to brain disease. She disclosed that she served in the Chinese military from September 2000 to June 2011, and that her current employer was a Beijing hospital named “Xi Diaoyutai.” Prosecutors said that this actually a cover for Song’s real employer, the PLA Air Force General Hospital in Beijing. “We allege that while …

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