Background

The Department of Justice announced Feb. 28 that a Texas man has been sentenced to 135 months in prison for conspiring to export and illegally exporting controlled microelectronics to Russia and for conspiring to launder money. 

A DOJ press release states that the man managed a team of employees who worked to obtain advanced, technologically cutting-edge microelectronics from manufacturers and suppliers within the U.S. These commodities, many of which Russia was not capable of producing domestically, have applications and are frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including radar and surveillance systems, missile guidance systems, and detonation triggers.

DOJ states that to induce manufacturers and suppliers to sell these goods, and to evade applicable export controls, the man and his co-conspirators provided false end-user information, concealed the fact that they were exporters, and falsely classified the goods on export records submitted to the Department of Commerce. The man’s company shipped approximately $50 million worth of microelectronics and other technologies to Russia between 2002 and 2012 and its largest clients were certified suppliers of military equipment for the Russian Ministry of Defense. 

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