Category: Violations

Last week, DDTC released a proposed charging letter and subsequent consent agreement, alleging 125 charges of ITAR violations against Raytheon Company and its subsidiaries. The documents provide some interesting reading for export compliance officers and corporate counsel who are interested in avoiding similar ITAR compliance problems for their companies. Although the alleged Raytheon ITAR violations...

A former employee of L-3 Communications’ Space and Navigation Division was recently sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for exporting U.S. technology to China. Sixing Liu, 49, (aka “Steve Liu”) of Flanders, New Jersey, was convicted on nine counts, which range from lying to federal agents to six counts of International Traffic in Arms...

Recent stories here and here (and just about everywhere else) are pointing to an ongoing investigation, recently trumpeted by two Congressmen, which claims that NASA may have been involved in illegal exports of sensitive technologies to China. The basic allegations of the investigation are that individuals from NASA’s AMES Research Center conducted illegal transfers of...

A recent story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune describes a raid conducted by law enforcement agents of a local warehouse owned by a multimillion-dollar package forwarding company named MyUS.com. The article provides few details on the raid, other than to say this is part of an active investigation related to “export enforcement.” It also quotes the...

The clock is officially “ticking.” BIS just published a proposed new rule which would effectively limit the timeframe between a company submitting an initial disclosure and a final disclosure for suspected violations of the EAR. The new rule also proposes some administrative changes to the process by which a company reports suspected violations. The main...

A U.S. District Judge has sentenced a man from Tampa, FL, to serve four years in federal prison for violations stemming from the illegal export of computer equipment to Iran. According to the Department of Justice press release, Mohammad Reza "Ray" Hajian (57, Tampa) will serve four years in prison, followed by one year of...

Last week, the Department of Justice announced one of its latest efforts to prevent the export of sensitive items and technologies to unauthorized foreign nationals. The case, portions of which read like a Tom Clancy spy novel, centers around a Russian-born defendant who is now a naturalized U.S. citizen – Alexander Fishenko. According to the...

Here’s a quick test. Select a random employee and ask him or her: “What does ITAR stand for?” Do they remember? Do they stutter while answering? Or do they just give you a funny look and walk away? Of course, your employees need to know much more than this simple question. (But hey, I told...

Joseph Debose, 30, – a resident of North Carolina and former Staff Sergeant with a U.S. Special Forces National Guard Unit – faces up to 20 years imprisonment for the illegal export of firearms to China. The government has charged Debose with making multiple shipments of semiautomatic handguns, rifles and shotguns to customers in China....

Ever heard of the BIS Entity List? More importantly, are you screening your transactions against this and other U.S. government watch lists? If you’re like most companies that we talk to, the answer to both of these questions is: “No.” In fact, it’s safe to say that many – and perhaps even most – companies...