The NYPD cop accused of spying on behalf of the People’s Republic of China apparently exaggerated his military service record to his brothers in blue, The Post has learned.
Baimadajie Angwang, a suspended community affairs officer with the NYPD’s 111th Precinct in Queens, was honored by the Police Benevolent Association at a November event last year to celebrate veterans, according to a since-deleted Facebook post on the union’s page.
“The PBA honored its veterans at today’s delegates meeting with PO Baimadajie Angwang presenting the colors. PO Angwang is a Sgt. in the USMC and served 1 tour in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan,” the post reads alongside photos of Angwang posing with the union brass.
The USMC confirmed in a statement that Angwang, 33, was in fact a sergeant with the Devil Dogs but said he only served one tour in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom between July 2013 and February 2014.
There were no records of a second Afghanistan tour or a tour in Iraq, according to the USMC.
The PBA said it did not know his service record, despite the Facebook post.
The alleged spy was the only attendee dressed in military regalia, according to photos included in the post, and was selected to present the colors while attendees stood up to salute him, the post reads.
Other delegates who were also veterans were asked to join him when he was presenting the colors, according to the Post.
Angwang, a naturalized US citizen who was granted asylum after alleging he’d been arrested and tortured in China partly because of his Tibetan ethnicity, completed his Marines service in 2014 and began speaking with the Chinese consulate the same year, federal authorities alleged Monday.
In 2018, his spying began in earnest when he started gathering information about ethnic Tibetans, vetting potential sources and scoping out possible troublemakers, federal prosecutors alleged.
The information was shared with the Chinese handler, who was stationed inside the country’s Manhattan consulate and is believed to have been assigned to the “China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture,” court records show.
That assignment is part of the Chinese United Front Work Department, which is responsible for “neutralizing sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of the PRC,” prosecutors said.
Angwang, a married dad who lives in a Long Island home with Marine Corps flags on the lawn, was charged with illegally acting as an agent of a foreign government, wire fraud, making false statements and obstruction.
He was presented before a federal magistrate judge late Monday and is yet to make a plea on the charges.
“I don’t have access to discuss with him, so cannot contribute to that discussion,” lawyer John Carman told The Post when asked about the service record.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore