Who are you really interacting with on your social media and professional networking accounts? Kevin Mallory, a retired CIA officer, saw an opportunity when he was contacted by a headhunter on LinkedIn. He now faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of espionage and other charges.
Last week, FLIR Systems, Inc. entered into a Consent Agreement with Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) to settle 347 alleged violations of the ITAR. Keep reading for more details on what went wrong.
Have you ever travelled to a foreign country with your laptop or other electronic device? Are you planning to? These days, answers to these questions will almost unanimously be “yes.” But did you know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the right to search – and if necessary, detain – your electronic device upon entry into the United States?
Earlier this month, DDTC published a new Consent Agreement with Bright Lights USA, Inc. of Barrington, New Jersey. This agreement alleges a variety of different ITAR violations, including technical data exports and failure to keep adequate records.
We all know that OFAC can impose civil penalties against any person who exports goods to a third party, when that person has reason to believe the goods are destined for Iran. But how far does OFAC have to go to prove that the goods were actually reexported to Iran? A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals sheds some light.
Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporations, (“ZTE”), and its subsidiaries and affiliates entered into a settlement with three U.S. government agencies covering civil and criminal charges filed against the company. This represents a new record for EAR enforcement penalties.
Access USA will pay millions for export violations. The company admits to numerous EAR violations.
Yu Long, a Chinese citizen and former employee of the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) pleaded guilty to the export and the attempted export of defense articles from the U.S. in violation of the Arms Export Control Act. The maximum possible sentence Long can serve is 20 years.
On 20 December 2016, in the Federal District of Connecticut, JIANG YAN, 34, of Shenzhen China was sentenced to time served (12 months imprisonment) for attempting to purchase and export to China without a required export authorization for certain sophisticated integrated circuits used in military satellites and missiles. Additionally, for conspiring to sell counterfeits of those same integrated circuits to a purchaser in the United States. Yan was also ordered to forfeit $63,000 in cash seized incident to his arrest.
Traditionally Export Related Voluntary Disclosures/Voluntary Self-Disclosures have been filed with DDTC, BIS, OFAC or occasionally the Bureau of Census. Each of these agencies encourages companies and individuals to file the Disclosures and they provide an incentive in that the filing can be considered as a mitigating factor to the violation(s) committed.