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Former US Marine Daniel Duggan Received $100,000 To Train Chinese Pilots, Indictment Alleges

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Marine Daniel Duggan

Marine Daniel Duggan

The US government has accused former US Marine pilot Daniel Duggan of using more than $100,000 to train Chinese pilots to land on aircraft carriers. He allegedly got 12 payments totaling either $9,900 or $9,500, according to an unsealed indictment filed in the US District of Columbia. The phrase “personal development training” was frequently written on the receipts.

According to the US government, the indictment claims that a nameless China-based company paid the payments and “acquired military equipment and technical data for the PRC government and military.”

According to US investigators, Duggan offered “aviation services in China.” Other names for Duggan include Ding San Xing, Din San Qing, DSQ, and Ivan. The 54-year-old allegedly expressed his hope that “his children would be set for life as a result” in an email written in September 2012. He did this while in China, where he also negotiated the details of his service.

Duggan is accused of instructing Chinese pilots at a test flying school in South Africa. According to rumors, the academy demanded that instructors possess “knowledge and experience in naval aviation meeting NATO standards.” The indictment further asserts that Duggan had direct conversations with a Chinese national about extending services to a state-owned organization.

“These services included the evaluation of military pilot trainees, testing of naval aviation-related equipment, and instructions on tactics, techniques and procedures associated with launching from and landing on a naval aircraft carrier,” the indictment said.

“Neither Duggan nor any of his coconspirators applied for a license from the United States government to provide defence services to any foreign nationals.” He now faces four counts, including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to export defense services to China without authorization, and two counts of breaking international trade in arms and the arms export control act.

Before this, Duggan was detained by Australian federal police on October 21 at a town in New South Wales in response to an FBI request. In December, a request for Duggan’s extradition to the US to face charges was also granted.“He denies having breached any US law, any Australian law, any international law,” Miralis said in December. 

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