Wednesday, April 11, 2007
It started as a major conspiracy case, but ended with the defendant receiving probation after a plea to a charge of lying to a federal officer under 18 U.S.C. s 1001.
The accused had been the subject of a FISA warrant and the charges in the SDNY were initially violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and in D.Conn. he was charged with acting as an agent of the Chinese government. The Hartford Courant notes that the accused "originally was accused of conspiring with Chinese officials to sell $27 million in telecommunications equipment to the Iraq government from 1999 to 2001." But in the end all that happened was the accused pleading guilty to this single charge and receiving probation. Attorney Ross Garber represented the accused. The prosecuter being quoted in the Hartford Courant is Kevin O'Connor, the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut and AG Alberto Gonzales' new chief of staff.