By Sarah N. Lynch
WASHINGTON, Sept 25 – A Chinese citizen was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday on charges that he covertly worked for a high-ranking Chinese intelligence official to help try and recruit engineers and scientists, including some who worked as U.S. defense contractors, the Justice Department said.
Ji Chaoqun, 27, first came to the United States in 2013 to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and in 2016 enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was slated to make an initial appearance in a federal courthouse in Chicago at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on one count of acting as an agent for the Chinese government. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Bill Berkrot)