Shilan Zhao, the ex-wife of Jianjun Qiao, the third most-wanted government official in China, will give up about $28 million of her assets in the San Gabriel Valley and other U.S. regions after officials accused her of lying about her marriage status on a visa application, reports the L.A. Times.
These properties include four locations in Monterey Park: the Hong Kong Supermarket on Garfield Avenue (which is listed at more than $12 million, according to the County Assessor), a Best Western Inn, as well as an apartment complex and an empty lot. Zhao also owned properties in Washington and in the Flushing area of New York.
In 2015, Zhao and Qiao, who are both now 53, were charged in a federal grand jury indictment with "conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and international transport of stolen funds, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering," according to a release by the Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the couple had lied on their application for a visa under the EB-5 immigrant investor program, which grants visas to immigrant investors and their family members with the promise that they will put up $500,000 or $1 million investments in U.S. enterprises. The problem was that Zhao and Qiao weren't actually married, as they had registered for a divorce back in 2001 in China, according to court records.
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