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Prison Sentence Handed Down for Illegal Exports

Monday, May 01, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Justice reports that a citizen of Singapore has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that caused the illegal export to Iran of thousands of radio frequency modules, at least 14 of which were later found in unexploded improvised explosive devices in Iraq. The man will be deported upon completion of his sentence.

The modules at issue have several commercial applications, including in wireless local area networks connecting printers and computers in office settings. These modules include encryption capabilities and have a range allowing them to transmit data wirelessly as far as 40 miles when configured with a high-gain antenna. These same modules also have potentially lethal applications, as illustrated by their use in IEDs.

According to a DOJ press release, the man admitted that he and others caused 6,000 of these modules to be purchased and illegally exported through Singapore and later to Iran while directly aware that the export of U.S.-origin goods to Iran was a violation of U.S. law. After the modules arrived in Singapore they were kept in storage at a freight forwarding company until being aggregated with other electronic components and shipped to Iran. In conjunction with this scheme the conspirators made misrepresentations and false statements to the U.S. seller, and filed false documents with the U.S. government, claiming that Singapore was the final destination of the goods.

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