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Fines, Forfeitures, Prison for Illegal Exports To Syria

Friday, October 28, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Oct. 26 that two men have been sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy to illegally export goods to Syria. One man was sentenced to a 37-month prison term and a $100 special assessment and ordered to forfeit $45,698. The other was sentenced to a term of time served, 12 months of home confinement, a $2,600 fine, and two years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $45,698.

According to a USAO press release, one of the men operated an export business and conspired with the other to ship items through third countries to customers in Syria in violation of U.S. law. The conspirators prepared false invoices that undervalued and mislabeled the goods being purchased and also listed false information as to the identity and geographic location of the purchasers. One of the items was described in communications between the conspirators as “a portable multi-gas scanner for the detection of chemical warfare agents.”

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