The FBI has released a wanted poster for Yanqing Ye, a lieutenant in China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who has been accused of lying on her visa application and researching U.S. military and college websites for her country.

Ye studied at Boston University from October 2017 through April 2019 and is one of three people charged with hiding their ties with the Chinese government. Despite the wanted poster by the FBI, it is highly doubtful that she’ll ever face charges since she is now back in China. 

Ye did not disclose that she was a lieutenant in the PLA and a member of the Chinese Communist Party on her visa application, according to government investigators. She also is accused of visa fraud, acting as an agent of a foreign government, making false statements, and conspiracy.

According to the government, the 29-year-old Ye was accused of falsely identifying herself as a student on her J-1 visa application and lying about her ongoing military service at the National University of Defense Technology, a military academy directed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Ye worked as a PLA lieutenant from 2017 to 2019. During that time, she allegedly accessed U.S. military websites, sent American documents and technical information to China and compiled information for the PLA on two American scientists with expertise in robotics and computer science, according to the government statement.

FBI Wanted Poster screenshot

In federal indictments that were released on Tuesday, Ye, Dr. Charles Lieber, Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, and Chinese national Zaosong Zheng, were accused of spying for China and hiding their connections to the Chinese government.