Two men with professional ties to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been exposed for acting as Chinese spies on American soil – weaponizing restricted DHS intel in the process.
U.S. prosecutors charged the two men with participating in what federal officials have described as a “transnational repression scheme” which involved spying on and harassing political dissidents in the United States on behalf of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC).
Craig Miller, a DHS deportation officer who has worked out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the last 15 years, and Derrick Taylor, a former DHS law enforcement agent and private investigator in Irvine, California, were indicted by a federal grand jury, alongside three other men.
“As charged, these individuals aided agents of a foreign government in seeking to suppress dissenting voices who have taken refuge here. The defendants include two sworn law enforcement officers who chose to forsake their oaths and violate the law. This indictment is the next step in holding all of these defendants responsible for their crimes.”
The other three defendants who were charged along with the two DHS linked men are Fan “Frank” Liu, Matthew Ziburis, and Qiang “Jason” Sun.
Liu and Ziburis were arrested previously in March and were residents of New York. Miller and Taylor were arrested in June. Sun is a resident of the PRC and remains at large.
According to the relevant court documents, one of Liu’s co-conspirators allegedly retained Taylor to obtain personal information about multiple PRC dissidents living in the United States, including flight records, passport information and photographs.
Taylor was allegedly assisted by two other DHS officers, including Miller. These contacts within the DHS allegedly obtained the information from a restricted government database and illicitly provided it to Taylor. Liu, Ziburis, and Sun then used this information to target and harass these dissidents at the behest of the PRC.
Miller allegedly deleted text messages between himself and Taylor while being questioned by authorities, and Taylor supposedly instructed an associate to withhold evidence from the FBI.
Miller and Taylor have been charged with obstruction of justice, and Taylor has additionally been charged with making false statements to the FBI. Liu and Ziburis are being charged with conspiring to act as agents of the PRC. Liu, Ziburis, and Sun are being charged with conspiring to commit interstate harassment and criminal use of a means of identification.