SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County lawyer has been indicted after authorities say he tried to help a Chinese witness in a birth tourism probe flee the United States.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Ken Liang was indicted Wednesday in Santa Ana on charges of conspiracy and witness tampering.

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Liang is scheduled to be arraigned June 22. Prosecutors say he could face up to 40 years in prison.

A message seeking comment was left for Liang’s attorney James Riddet.

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Authorities say Liang took $6,000 to help a court-designated witness leave for China without being detected by federal authorities.

The witness was designated in an ongoing federal probe of a business that authorities say helped pregnant Chinese women travel to California to give birth to American citizens.

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