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US seeks to drop Chinese researcher's visa fraud case

Her lawyers maintained she worked as a civilian at a Chinese military facility.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal prosecutors are seeking to drop their case against a Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application so she could work in the U.S. 

Prosecutors asked a federal judge in Sacramento to dismiss the visa fraud charge against Juan Tang in court papers on Thursday, but gave no reason why. 

She was taken into custody a year ago and was accused of lying about her military ties in a visa application as she made plans to work as a cancer researcher at UC Davis. Her lawyers maintained she worked as a civilian at a Chinese military facility.

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