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U.S. Court Finds ZTE Committed Visa Fraud, Still Ends Probation

  • ZTE shares were suspended from trading in Hong Kong, Shenzhen
  • Telecom giant has struggled to recover since U.S. sanctions
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An American court found that ZTE Corp. again violated U.S. laws by committing visa fraud to get employees into the country, but ruled the Chinese networking giant should still be allowed to end a five-year probation for violating American sanctions.

The U.S. district court judge in Texas cited substantial evidence to support an indictment against the company for conspiracy to commit visa fraud. The case alleged Jianjun Yu, director of a ZTE laboratory in Morristown, New Jersey, worked with a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology to secure J-1 visas for six people under false pretenses.