Former CBP commander faces 25 years for illegally selling firearms, tax evasion

A California man used his position as a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection official to run an illegal firearm sales business since the late 1990s, and also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and other charges.

Wei Xu—a former commander at the Long Beach Seaport in California on July 17 in an Los Angeles court — pleaded guilty to four felonies: unlawfully engaging in the business of dealing in firearms, unlawfully possessing unregistered firearms, making materially false statements to a federal agency, and tax evasion.

The false statements to a federal agency charge involves Xu failing to disclose his foreign financial interests and contacts in China in order to obtain a secret-level security clearance from the Office of Personnel and Management.

According to the Department of Justice, in open court, Xu said he sold at least 99 firearms without the required federal license between the late 1990s and his arrest earlier this year, and he also lied on an OPM questioneer that he had no ongoing business relationships with China or had foreign financial interests, though he did.

“Mr. Xu’s public life as a federal officer masked his private greed and disrespect for the law, which he demonstrated through illegal weapons sales, tax evasion, and lying about contacts with foreign nationals,” said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, said in a statement, adding, “Public officials promise to act with integrity when they take an oath of office, and we will zealously prosecute those who mock the laws they have sworn to uphold.”

He faces up to 25 years in prison. Learn more about the case here.

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 25, 2019

Make an example introduce this slob to Florida's Mr. Sparkey the famous chair.

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Look at all the abusive crooks still in management positions at the big outfit in Bethesda. This activity goes on a daily basis and no one really does anything about it. Rank and file employees fear the "No fear act" because when corruption is brought forward to managements attention, he individual who has done what they think is necessary their career goes down the toilet. Corrupt management covers other crooked managements activities.

Tue, Jul 23, 2019 mm

“Public officials promise to act with integrity when they take an oath of office, and we will zealously prosecute those who mock the laws they have sworn to uphold.” Any reasonable comment would be intensely political during the McConnell/Trump administration.

Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Public officials promise to act with integrity when they take an oath of office, and we will zealously prosecute those who mock the laws they have sworn to uphold.” When the above is stated, one can’t help to think about how our “Leadership” violates laws all the time and nothing happens to them...it is supposed to be a fair and impartial system. While I agree that this man did many things wrong and deserves what he gets, don’t put the above quote when in fact, enforcement of certain laws, mainly happens for political reasons. I am referring to the constant violation of Title 8 United States Code Section 1324 - Any Person who - (iii) knowing or reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, ENTERED, OR REMAINS in the US in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection... (iv) ENCOURAGES, induces an alien to come to, enter, reside in the US, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence IS OR WILL BE IN VIOLATION IF LAW....this to most would mean the elected public officials who swore to act with integrity, should not be supporting sanctuary cities, and not enticing aliens with drivers licenses or free medical (I believe in humanitarian acts, but not at the risk of the safety and well being to law abiding and legally immigrated persons) for those that willingly violate our laws. Look into the above federa statute and ask why isn’t it being enforced and those violating it being prosecuted.

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