Category: Violations

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...