Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Two from South Carolina were indicted as part of a "15-count indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia and unsealed on March 23, [that] charges the defendants with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Arms Export Control Act and with acting as illegal agents of a foreign government." Two individuals from India was also indicted. The DOJ Press Release states that without proper export licenses:
"the defendants acquired in the United States for VSSC and BDL electrical components that could have applications in missile guidance and firing systems. According to the indictment, the defendants concealed from vendors the true end-users of the goods. In particular, the indictment alleges how, in the case of one vendor, Cirrus provided the company with fraudulent certificates that claimed that the end-user in India was a non-restricted entity, when, in fact, the items were for VSSC."