The officer was born in China but was granted political asylum in the US claiming that Chinese authorities tortured him due to his Tibetan ethnicity.
Now the New York Police Department officer is being accused of spying and gathering information about the city’s Tibetan community for Beijing.
According to the indictment released Monday, it is believed that his espionage act was directed by members of the Chinese consulate in New York.
The officer worked at a station in the Queens section of New York.
Through his contacts with the Tibetan community, the 33-year-old man gathered information between 2018 and 2020 on the community's activities, as well as identifying potential information sources.
According to the indictment, the man — who is also an officer in the US Army Reserve — allowed members of the Chinese consulate to attend events organized by the New York Police Department.
The Chinese authorities allegedly paid him tens of thousands of dollars for his service.