- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County lawyer has been charged with witness tampering after authorities say he took $6,000 to help a Chinese “birthing house” witness flee the United States.

Federal prosecutors say Ken Liang of Irvine has been in custody since his arrest Friday. He could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

Messages left for Liang and his attorney weren’t immediately returned Monday.

The woman was a witness in a March probe of Southern California “birthing houses,” where pregnant Chinese women pay to stay so their children can be born in the U.S. with American citizenship. The investigation continues.

Prosecutors say Liang was recorded taking the bribe in exchange for helping her board a plane without travel documents. Unknown to the attorney, she was cooperating with federal agents.

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