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Chinese National Suspect 'Resisted Arrest' in Illegal Reedley Biolab Case
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 6 months ago on
October 23, 2023

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A biolab executive facing federal charges for his role in the Reedley lab scandal resisted arrest, a U.S. Dept. of Justice spokeswoman tells GV Wire.

Jia Bei Zhu faces two charges: misbranding medical devices and making false statements to federal authorities. He was arrested on Oct. 19 in Reedley by Food and Drug Administration authorities.

Zhu, who identified himself as David He in his initial court appearance Friday via video teleconferencing, appeared with bandages on his nose and forehead.

“He resisted arrest and suffered minor scrapes. At his request, he was taken to the hospital and treated,” DOJ spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Monday.

While FDA agents made the arrest as part of a sting operation, Reedley police transported Zhu, a Chinese national and former Clovis resident, to the county jail.

Returns to Court Tuesday

Zhu returns to court Tuesday at the Fresno federal courthouse for his rescheduled initial appearance. He did not enter a plea last Friday and he remains in Fresno County jail, records show.

The court docket indicates Zhu will appear in person for his Tuesday hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Erica Grosjean. He has no attorney listed as of Monday afternoon.

Zhu, listed as 62 in court records and 59 in jail records, allegedly was an executive with Universal Meditech Incorporated and Prestige Biotech Incorporated. In 2022, the company moved its facilities from Fresno to Reedley after a fire.

The companies made and sold COVID-19 test kits, as well as kits for pregnancy and HIV. Federal authorities charge that the companies did not have the proper authorization, and mislabeled some of its kits.

A Reedley code inspector, acting on a tip, discovered the Reedley lab in a warehouse in December 2022. That led to a months-long investigation by federal, state, and local officials that eventually shut down the lab.

The investigation also became part of a political maelstrom, with some elected officials accusing the county of hiding the investigation from the public. County officials responded, saying they were acting on the request of federal officials to keep quiet.

As GV Wire reported last month, three congressional committees are investigating the illegal biolab.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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