JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local Navy lieutenant and his wife are accused of illegally helping a Chinese national purchase firearms and then lying about it to the FBI.
Action News Jax showed you video of the FBI and NCIS raiding Lt. Fan Yang's home in San Jose Thursday.
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According to federal documents, Yang is charged in a scheme that used a shell company to, "smuggle goods from the U.S."
According to the 40-page federal complaint, Yang is a Naval Officer stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville with top secret clearance. He's currently assigned to the Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Weapons School at NAS Jax.
RELATED: Read the criminal complaint
The complaint also lists his wife, Yang, who he married in 2013, the year after he attained top secret clearance.
It also lists Zheng Yan, a 27-year-old Chinese citizen here on a visa who works for Shanghai Breeze Technology Co. Ltd., which the FBI determined was a shell company.
The fourth person is Ge Songtao, a Chinese national listed as chairman of that company.
Songtao and Yan are currently in police custody in Lafayette, La.
According to documents, Fan and his wife worked to help Ge illegally get guns.
The documents call it, "an unlawful plan to commit offenses against the United States."
Documents also state Zheng wired Yang and Fan $200,000 from Shanghai Breeze for inflatable military boats.
Yang inquired about buying inflatable vessels that would be used by the "People's Republic of China Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Bureau."
The price was about $266,500.
The FBI reviewed more than 120 emails sent between November 2016 and October 2019.
The documents state they were going to buy inflatable vessels and instead of shipping them to Hong Kong they were going to be sent to mainland China.
Documents said Fan Yang hid his wife's relationship with Ge.
NEW: A Navy lieutenant and his wife appeared in federal court today after helping a Chinese national purchase guns - "It's like out of a movie, unbelievable" Why federal investigators raided their #Jacksonville home tonight at 5/6 @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/283L8UHoPi— Jamarlo Phillips (@JamarloANjax) October 18, 2019
LIVE at 5: NAS Jax Lt, wife, involved in weapons, smuggling schemes with Chinese. This is a new picture of Lt. Fan Yang, who the FBI says has top secret clearance. WATCH @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews https://t.co/0aJTnkqWRd pic.twitter.com/tW7D0T2IeC— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) October 18, 2019
The complaint continues to state that Yang was working on a sensitive anti-submarine warfare unit for the Navy. @ActionNewsJax watched the FBI and NCIS raid a house in San Jose Thursday. We saw them bag up computers as evidence. https://t.co/Q8QQ20UpuC— Elizabeth Pace (@PaceAnJax) October 18, 2019
This is the scene at the corner of Salamanca Ave & San Jose Blvd. Neighbors saw someone led out in handcuffs. FBI has been removing things from the home. @ActionNewsJax is working to learn more. @WOKVNews pic.twitter.com/OIErT9lZ9b— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) October 17, 2019
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