Chief of Staff to Exiled Chinese Tycoon Guo Wengui Pleads Guilty in Billion-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Billionaire Businessman Guo Wengui Speaks During An Interview In New York City

In a startling turn of events, Yvette Wang, the chief of staff to exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui, admitted guilt on Friday to participating in a sprawling conspiracy aimed at bilking thousands of investors out of more than $1 billion.

The confession, made before the Manhattan federal court, saw Wang, 45, pleading guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering, effectively implicating herself in a scheme orchestrated alongside Guo.

Wang’s plea, coming just weeks before her scheduled trial alongside Guo, marks a significant development in the case. Having been in custody since their arrest in March 2023, Wang now faces a potential prison term of up to 10 years, as outlined in her plea agreement.

Yvette Wang’s Admission Adds Intrigue to High-Profile Case Involving Guo’s Alleged Financial Misconduct

Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui (Credits: Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams minced no words, emphasizing the reckoning awaiting Wang for the “pain and loss” inflicted upon numerous individuals ensnared in the fraudulent scheme. Meanwhile, Wang’s attorney remained silent in response to requests for comment, leaving the gravity of the situation to linger.

Fugitive Chinese Billionaire Guo Wengui Hold A News Conference On November 20, 2018 In New York (Credits: Getty Images)

Guo Wengui, also known as Ho Wan Kwok and Miles Kwok, stands as a vocal critic of China’s ruling Communist Party, with ties to former U.S. President Donald Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon.

Currently incarcerated in Brooklyn since his arrest, Guo faces impending trial on allegations related to defrauding investors across various ventures, including media and cryptocurrency enterprises.

The indictment paints a damning picture, alleging that Guo exploited his substantial online presence and extensive following to lure investors with promises of extraordinary returns, all the while financing his opulent lifestyle.

Wang’s admission during the court proceedings implicates her in the fraudulent activities orchestrated through entities like Guo’s GTV Media Group, Himalaya Farm Alliance, and Himalaya Exchange between 2018 and 2023.

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As the legal saga unfolds, with Guo’s trial slated for May 22, the guilty plea of his chief of staff adds a new layer of complexity to a case already rife with intrigue and allegations of financial malfeasance.

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