Category: Violations

In a recent story courtesy of www.NJ.com. Swiss Technology, Inc., of Clifton, New Jersey, was recently penalized for violating U.S. export control regulations, specifically the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). According to this news story, the company was sentenced to two years probation and a $1.1 million fine. On its website, Swiss Technology describes...

How severe are export violations?  A 46-year-old resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, is in the process of finding out.  According to a recent press release, Nadeem Akhtar pled guilty to conspiring to commit export violations with a scheme to illegally export nuclear-related materials to Pakistan. The DOJ and BIS are charging Akhtar with misrepresenting the nature...

Ever heard of The Parts Guys?  Neither had I.  Now, it seems, the whole world knows about this business and its president, Michael Edward Todd. The Parts Guys, LLC, is a company in Port Orange, Florida, which also operates a warehouse in Macon, Georgia.  (I’m going out on a limb and guessing these guys sell...

A California company and its CEO were sentenced earlier this month for conspiracy to export controlled services to Iran. GWC Valve International and its CEO, David Meador, allegedly attempted to engage in services related to industrial valves for use in Iran. With more and more news reports that Iran is close to having nuclear capabilities, we can...

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently imposed a $575,000 civil penalty against TW Metals of Exton, Pennsylvania. The company allegedly exported titanium alloy and aluminum bar to China and Israel without first obtaining export licenses. Both aluminum and titanium alloys are controlled by Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 1C202. These alloys require...

It’s easy to focus on ITAR, EAR and OFAC ... and forget about some of the other U.S. Government acronyms that have an impact on exporters. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR). The FTR is administered by the U.S. Census Bureau. (The reason for Census involvement is because FTR...

Move over James Bond!  The spies of today may have different names, but their goals are the same. Meet Lian Yang – a former Microsoft engineer turned frequent Chinese “vacationer” turned would-be “international man of mystery” and probable ITAR violator. Earlier this month, federal prosecutors charged the 47-year-old Lang with conspiring to violate the ITAR by...

BIS recently issued a TDO (temporary denial order) which contained some interesting allegations about “virtual offices” against a company charged with illegal exports to Iran. The order places Anvik Technologies and its owner, Babak Jafarpour, on the Denied Persons List. According to the investigation, Anvik/Jafarpour rented a variety of “virtual office spaces” in places like Chicago and...

PPG Industries recently agreed to fork over $3.75 million in criminal and civil fines to settle charges that it violated export laws under the EAR.  If anyone says the U.S. government is losing interest in enforcing these regulations, you might refer them to this case. The Pittsburgh-based coatings company pled guilty to charges that, in 2006, one...