A naturalized U.S. citizen working as a tour guide in the San Francisco area was charged on Monday with working as an agent of the Chinese government, providing officials there with classified material about U.S. national security, court documents show.
Xuehua Peng, also known as Edward Peng, was taken into custody on Friday in Hayward, California, and was denied bail during an initial court appearance, federal prosecutors said at a Monday morning news conference.
Peng was charged in a 22-page criminal complaint made public on Monday with acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China between 2015 and June 2018.
The criminal complaint accused Peng of being a “courier” for China, flying from his home in the San Francisco area to pick up packages for that government and delivering them to China.
(Reporting by Katie Paul in San Franciso and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)