Deal proposed in smuggling case tied to Jacksonville Navy officer

Steve Patterson
| Florida Times-Union

Federal prosecutors “have reached an agreement in principle” to settle smuggling charges against a Chinese corporate executive accused of conspiring with a Jacksonville Navy officer and his wife, court records show.

If that agreement becomes final, it could mean that both of the businesspeople indicted last year alongside Lt. Fan Yang and his wife, Yang Yang, have agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Zheng Yan, an administrative assistant at the Shanghai Breeze Technology Co., pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to violate American export laws and agreed to cooperate with authorities charging the Yangs and her boss, Shanghai Breeze board chairman Ge Songtao.

In a motion filed Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Coolican told Senior Judge Harvey Schlesinger that Ge and prosecutors have agreed to terms that could resolve his charges without a trial.

Ge had sought release from jail in July to prepare for his

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