Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-236
Qiao Jian Jun / Zhao Shilan
China
Qiao: Director of government grain storage facility in Central China; Zhao: Ex-wife of Qiao
United States
Undertaking Recovery Effort; Location of Recovery Effort; Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2015
Ongoing
Art.17, Art.23
Criminal Forfeiture
US "Investigators also acknowledge the assistance provided by the Supreme People's Procuratorate and Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China." (Source: US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, "Fugitive Chinese Official And Former Wife Named In Grand Jury Indictment Charging Immigration Fraud And Money Laundering," March 17, 2015)
Ongoing
Before Court of First Instance
$500,000 (approx purchase price of property)

According to a press release by the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, "the indictment also alleges that Qiao engaged in fraudulent grain transactions while serving as the grain storehouse director, and Qiao and Zhao had money transferred out of China, with approximately $500,000 being used to purchase the [Seattle suburb] Newcastle property."   Ms. Zhao was arrested in March 2015 in the U.S.  Mr. Qiao is a fugitive. (Source: US Department of Justice, "Fugitive Chinese Official And Former Wife Named In Grand Jury Indictment Charging Immigration Fraud And Money Laundering," March 17, 2015)

According to a press release by the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, Mr. Qiao and Ms. Zhao are "charged in a federal grand jury indictment unsealed today with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and international transport of stolen funds, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering. Zhao is additionally charged with one count of immigration fraud." (Source:  US Department of Justice, "Fugitive Chinese Official And Former Wife Named In Grand Jury Indictment Charging Immigration Fraud And Money Laundering," March 17, 2015)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, which received assistance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California