Feds: Witness in 'maternity tourism' case freed on
Feds: Witness in 'maternity tourism' case freed on bond
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman from China has been released on bond after being arrested on suspicion of trying to leave the U.S. while she is a witness in a so-called "maternity tourism" case, federal prosecutors said.
Ying Wu, 31, is believed to have used the services of an Irvine-based company now under investigation in the case in which pregnant Chinese women gave birth while in the U.S. so their babies would be American citizens.
Wu appeared Friday before a federal judge who released her on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Under the terms of her release, Wu must wear a GPS monitor and is confined to house arrest.
Wu was taken into custody on April 15 at Los Angeles International Airport as she, her husband and their infant prepared to board a flight for Beijing, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/1Ow5sq4 ).
Wu has not been charged in connection with the airport arrest, said Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. Her husband opted to remain in the U.S. with the child, the Times said.
Her attorney could not be reached for comment.
Wu is among about two dozen witnesses in the ongoing government case, the newspaper said. No charges have been filed.