Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE will appear in U.S. federal court on March 14, facing a new charge of violating U.S. probation rules. ZTE pled guilty in 2017 for illegally shipping U.S. technology to Iran.
Reuters reported that according to a court document filed in a Texas federal court on March 4, the new charges relate to a suspected conspiracy to commit visa fraud.
In March last year, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted a former research director of ZTE and a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology of conspiracy to bring Chinese citizens to the U.S. on a J-1 visa. The visa involves working and studying at institutions such as Georgia Tech.
The indictment stated that after these Chinese citizens arrived in the United States, they went to work for ZTE in New Jersey instead. Gee-Kung Chang, a professor at Georgia Tech, has pleaded not guilty. The status of ZTE’s former research director, Jianjun Yu, is unknown. ZTE was not charged in this case.