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Prison Time, Forfeiture for Illegal Defense Exports to China

Monday, March 07, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice announced March 2 that a U.S. man has been sentenced to 93 months in prison and will forfeit $1.1 million for illegally exporting radiation-hardened microcircuits to China from 2009 to 2013 and concealing the proceeds.

U.S. law requires anyone exporting a defense article to China to obtain authorization from the State Department. According to his plea agreement, the man intentionally avoided notifying State about his activity and labeled his shipments as “computer parts” to conceal the true identity of the items. He also admitted to falsifying paperwork to make it appear that the proceeds from his business with China were profits from a business he owned in the U.S.

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