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Former State Department worker, 63, pleads guilty in China spy case

A former State Department employee admitted to misleading investigators about accepting thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits from Chinese intelligence agents in exchange for information. Candace Marie Claiborne, 63, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington of conspiracy to defraud the United States. PUB APOLOGIZES, REMOVES CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO OF JESUS ​​AFTER EXTREME BACKLASH: "ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL!" "Candace Marie Claiborne States government in exchange for cash and other gifts from foreign agents she knew worked for the Chinese intelligence service, "Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement. "He withheld information and song repeatedly about these contacts." Claiborne, who held a top-secret security clearance, was arrested in March 201 7. She started working at the State Department as an office management specialist in 1999 and served in multiple overseas postings including Baghdad and Khartoum, Sudan as well as Beijing and Shanghai. Prosecutors said that over a five-year period, Claiborne received "Chinese New Year's gifts, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, fully furnished apartment, a monthly grant and numerous cash payments. " CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In exchange, the government said, Claiborne" provided copies of internal documents from the State Department on topics ranging from US economic strategies to visits by dignitaries between the two countries. "" Candace Claiborne broke the public trust when she accepted gifts and money from foreign officials, and then she d about it to State Department background investigators, "U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu said in a…

A former State Department employee admitted to misleading investigators about accepting thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits from Chinese intelligence agents in exchange for information.

Candace Marie Claiborne, 63, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

PUB APOLOGIZES, REMOVES CONTROVERSIAL PHOTO OF JESUS ​​AFTER EXTREME BACKLASH: “ABSOLUTELY DISGRACEFUL!”

“Candace Marie Claiborne States government in exchange for cash and other gifts from foreign agents she knew worked for the Chinese intelligence service, “Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement. “He withheld information and song repeatedly about these contacts.”

Claiborne, who held a top-secret security clearance, was arrested in March 201

7. She started working at the State Department as an office management specialist in 1999 and served in multiple overseas postings including Baghdad and Khartoum, Sudan as well as Beijing and Shanghai.

Prosecutors said that over a five-year period, Claiborne received “Chinese New Year’s gifts, international travel and vacations, tuition at a Chinese fashion school, fully furnished apartment, a monthly grant and numerous cash payments. “

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In exchange, the government said, Claiborne” provided copies of internal documents from the State Department on topics ranging from US economic strategies to visits by dignitaries between the two countries. “” Candace Claiborne broke the public trust when she accepted gifts and money from foreign officials, and then she d about it to State Department background investigators, “U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu said in a statement. “The United States will continue to seek accountability for those who abuse their positions or trust.”

Claiborne is scheduled to be sent to July 9.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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