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Ex-Airline Manager Charged With Smuggling for China Military

  • Woman accused of conveying packages for China’s UN station
  • Former station chief at Newark airport got booze, benefits

A former airline manager was charged with smuggling packages for Chinese military officers stationed at the United Nations in New York.

Ying Lin, 46, who worked as a station chief for an unspecified international carrier at Newark Liberty International Airport, smuggled the packages on flights to China in exchange for discounted liquor purchased from diplomatic duty-free shops and other benefits, according to a statement Wednesday from the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn.

Lin continued to smuggle packages out of the U.S. even after she had been charged last year with so-called structuring, making multiple bank transactions of less than $10,000 to avoid the banks’ federal reporting requirement, prosecutors said. She also helped a Chinese national who was the target of a federal inquiry escape on board a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, according to the statement.

Deborah Colson, Lin’s lawyer, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail after regular business hours seeking comment on the charges.

The case is U.S. v. Lin, 15-cr-00601, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

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