Background

The Department of Justice reports that a Chinese citizen has been sentenced to three years in prison for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in connection with a scheme to illegally export high-grade carbon fiber to a source he identified as the Chinese military. This material is used primarily in aerospace and military applications and is strictly controlled for nuclear non-proliferation and anti-terrorism reasons.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim said this man “spent thousands of dollars and took years of covert actions to avoid detection of his plan to purchase this highly protected material.” These actions included instructing undercover agents to use different terms to refer to the carbon fiber in their communications and customs documents and to remove identifying barcodes prior to transshipment.

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