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Ex-Air China manager charged in US with smuggling for Chinese military

Former Air China employee Ying Lin exits the building after a pretrial hearing in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. on June 21, 2016 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Former Air China employee Ying Lin exits a New York federal court

A former manager at Air China has been charged with smuggling packages in and out of the US for Chinese military officials based in New York.

Ying Lin transported the packages on flights from China in exchange for gifts like Apple devices and duty-free liquor, US prosecutors said.

The contents of the packages were not disclosed in the court filing.

She is also accused of helping a Chinese national that was under investigation escape the country.

Ms Lin was first arrested in August 2015 on a different charge. The new indictment has her charged with five criminal counts, including smuggling and obstruction of justice.