By Yaron Steinbuch. She also misrepresented a trip to Afghanistan as a humanitarian mission and listed an academic who said he never worked for her nonprofit as a staffer, according to the network. Chang had painted her trip to Afghanistan as a humanitarian mission for her charity, Linking the World, but a defense contractor paid the bill and no aid was delivered, NBC News reported, citing documents from the company and a former employee. But the women were actually the wives of local employees of the defense contractor that paid for her trip, Automotive Management Services, and had not been in hiding, a former employee told the network.
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Chang resigned last week from a senior State Department post after an NBC News investigation revealed she made misleading claims about her charity work and qualifications — including a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it. Since Chang's resignation, former colleagues, social acquaintances and government officials have reached out to NBC News, providing more information that helps explain how Chang made it as far as she did. After crafting a public image as a humanitarian "thought leader" with help from paid media and public relations consultants, she ingratiated herself with prominent Republicans in Dallas and former military officers, former colleagues said. She often asked those who performed work for her to sign nondisclosure agreements, the former associates said. To secure her job at the State Department in April, Chang leveraged social connections to senior officials who could help open the doors to the administration, including Brian Bulatao, a close friend and deputy to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; a State Department official and former defense contractor who she succeeded as deputy assistant secretary, Pete Marocco ; and a congressional staffer for key GOP lawmaker Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, multiple sources said. Marocco endorsed her for the job and McCaul wrote her a recommendation letter. A spokesman for Chang said Bulatao did not "have any part in Ms.
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Mina Chang born October 29,  is an American singer, activist, and former government official. She served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of State 's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations from April until her resignation on November 18, , after NBC News reported that she had falsified her resume with multiple false or misleading claims about her education, charity work, and that she had appeared on a Time magazine cover. Chang also failed to mention that her non-profit had its status revoked. Chang, a Korean-American ,  claims to be the child of two Salvation Army officers and allegedly spent her childhood in Atlanta.
Subscriber Account active since. Mina Chang, a year-old State Department official who resigned Monday, prompted a flurry of interest over her credentials this week after she was alleged to have embellished her work history and educational experience. At first glance, the State Department's deputy assistant secretary to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations appeared to have received extensive training and education from prestigious institutions, but a closer look indicates she may have misrepresented her background. In a statement from her previous nonprofit group, the executive director Ian Dailey characterized recent news reports as a "classic 'hit-job'" and said he was "disgusted with the unwarranted attack" against Chang. Linking the World advocated the use of drones in international humanitarian responses, including disaster relief. The group says the low spending reflects a highly efficient model of "minimal US staff and no local offices or employees. In , the group was notified by the IRS of a "potential issue" relating to its previous tax filings. The group stopped taking donations while working to resolve the problem, according to Ian Dailey, the executive director. In , Chang told The Dallas Observer that she previously had a career in music and recorded albums in Korean and English. She said the earthquake in Haiti prompted her to pursue a career shift.