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03/13/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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Rafael Cabrera-Mesa, of Reading, Pa., was sentenced March 12 to five years in prison for shipping a Remington Model 760 Gamemaster .30 06 rifle and ammunition in foreign commerce and use of false identification, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/03/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Mohammad Reza Vaghari was sentenced Friday in a scheme to ship items from the United States to Iran, in violation of U.S. sanctions imposed on that country. Vaghari operated in the United States through a Pennsylvania corporation called Saamen Company, purchasing items from other American companies and exporting the items to co-conspirators...
02/05/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Alexandre Astakhov, 28, is scheduled to be sentenced May 13. He faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison.
05/26/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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Ahmad Feras Diri, age 42, of London, United Kingdom, was charged November 2012. The indictment charged three individuals and one company with criminal conspiracy, wire fraud, illegal export of goods, money laundering, and false statements.

10/25/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Ahmad Feras Diri, age 43, of London, was sentenced to a 37-month term of imprisonment, a $100 special assessment, and ordered to forfeit $45,698 to the government. Diri was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London on March 14, 2013, and extradited to the United States on charges filed in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

11/13/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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London resident Ahmad Feras Diri, 42, recently lost his extradition fight in the U.K. He turned himself over to HSI and Department of Commerce special agents Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty at his initial appearance today in the Middle District of Pennsylvania federal court in Scranton.

04/22/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Indicted were Ahmad Feras Diri, 39, of London; Harold Rinko, 72, of Hallstead, Susquehanna County, Pa., and Moawea Deri, 36, a Syrian citizen, and a firm with which Ahmad Feras Diri and Moawea Deri were associated.
09/27/2016
Orlando, FL
National Security

According to the plea agreement, Amin Yu, 55, of Orlando, from at least 2002 to February 2014, at the direction of co-conspirators working for Harbin Engineering University (HEU, a People’s Republic of China (PRC)-controlled entity) PRC, obtained systems and components for marine submersible vehicles from companies in the U.S.

10/30/2012
Orlando, FL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Fidel Ignacio Cisneros, an Army sergeant who was previously stationed in the Orlando-area while serving in the military, was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in federal prison after he violated the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
07/31/2015
Oklahoma City, OK
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
According to court records, on July 2, 2014, Majid Iranpour Mobarekeh, 45, illegally sent and exported 450 firearm shell casings from the United States to the Republic of Iran.
07/16/2013
Norfolk, VA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A Greensboro, N.C., man, Muhaned Abbas Mohamed, was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to smuggle shotguns from the United States and to making a false and fictitious statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm from a licensed dealer.
06/11/2015
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Alexander Brazhnikov Jr., 36, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Moscow, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one count of conspiracy to smuggle electronics from the United States, and one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).
04/07/2015
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Bernardo Guzman, 27, of Jersey City pleaded guilty to one count of possessing firearms while being a previously convicted felon.
07/02/2016
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Alexander Brazhnikov Jr., 37, a naturalized United States citizen born in Moscow, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, one count of conspiracy to smuggle electronics from the United States, and one count of conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Brazhnikov also agreed to the entry of a forfeiture money judgment against him in the amount of $65 million.

03/26/2013
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Sixing Liu, a former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor, was sentenced Monday for exporting sensitive military technology to China, stealing trade secrets and lying to federal agents.
09/26/2012
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A federal jury Thursday convicted Sixing Liu, a former employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor, of exporting sensitive U.S. military technology to China, stealing trade secrets and lying to federal agents.
04/09/2015
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Mehmet Karatokus, 39, of Ankara, Turkey, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.
04/18/2011
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
New Jersey businessman, company plead guilty to contracting fraud
02/17/2015
Newark, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Jesse William Korff, 19, of LaBelle, Florida, pleaded guilty on August 12, 2014, to five counts of developing, producing, transferring and possessing toxins, five counts of smuggling toxins and one count of conspiring to kill a person in a foreign country. Federal agents arrested Korff on January 18, 2014, in Florida.
09/06/2012
New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A North Carolina man and a former staff sergeant with U.S. Special Forces, National Guard Unit, pleaded guilty Thursday to violating the Arms Export Control Act.
04/30/2015
New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Akbar Ahmad Sherzai, 50, of Centerville, Virginia, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Sherzai offered to bribe a U.S. Army serviceman to falsify documents to reflect the successful delivery of fuel shipments that Army records indicate were never delivered.
12/21/2017
New York, NY
National Security

Giovanni Zannoni, 35, of Gavorrano, Italy, has pleaded guilty to illegally exporting and attempting to export night vision equipment and assault rifle components.  As part of his plea, Zannoni agreed to forfeit $436,673.73, in addition to the dozens of gun parts and night vision and thermal imaging devices recovered by the government in connection with this prosecution.

10/06/2016
New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Alexey Barysheff, 36, along with his cohorts Dmitrii Aleksandrovich Karpenko, 33, and Alexey Krutilin, 27, is charged with acquiring sophisticated military and satellite technology on behalf of Russian end-users. 

12/08/2016
New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Zachary Sizemore, 24, an active-duty service member of the U.S. Air Force, was arrested on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he is stationed.  Sizemore is charged with theft and sale without authority of night-vision devices and components stolen from the Air Force.

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