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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.
12/21/2012
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Two individuals from Singapore have been extradited to stand trial in the District of Columbia in connection with an alleged fraud conspiracy involving the unlawful export of 55 military antennas from the United States to Singapore and Hong Kong.
02/10/2014
Del Rio, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Jesus Cardenas, 23, and Luis Cardenas, 34, both of New Braunfels, Texas, were found guilty after a three-day trial for attempting to smuggle ammunition and magazines into Mexico.
03/19/2015
San Francisco, CA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Pavel Semenovich Flider, 65, of San Rafael, and his company, Trident International Corporation, LLC, were indicted by a federal grand jury March 5 for smuggling goods; conspiracy to commit international money laundering; and money laundering. The case is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the FBI.
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.
06/17/2013
McAllen, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Ricardo Cantu Jr., 32, of Hidalgo, Texas, appeared before U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa who sentenced him to 30 months imprisonment to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Judge Hinojosa took into consideration that the defendant repeatedly changed his story, which resulted in the sentence ultimately imposed Monday.
07/29/2011
Tampa, FL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A 47-year-old man pleaded guilty on Thursday to a violation of the Arms Export Control Act following a U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigation after he imported an unmanned aerial vehicle into the United States and tried to sell it on eBay.
09/02/2016
Tucson, AZ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Syed Vaqar Ashraf, 71, of Lahore, Pakistan, previously pleaded guilty to attempting to procure multiple models of gyroscopes from a U.S. company and illegally ship them to Pakistan so they could be used by the Pakistani military. The devices have a variety of applications, including use in unmanned aircraft and missile delivery systems.

05/31/2011
Alexandria, VA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Hong Wei Xian, a/k/a "Harry Zan," 32, and Li Li, a/k/a "Lea Li," 33, both from the PRC, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act and to smuggle goods unlawfully from the United States. They face a maximum penalty of five years in prison when they are sentenced on Aug. 26, 2011.
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.

03/06/2012
El Paso, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
A federal magistrate on Monday ordered that British businessman Christopher Tappin, facing charges in connection with a scheme to illegally export parts used in Hawk surface-to-air missile systems to Iran, remain detained pending trial.
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).
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.
10/16/2013
Tokyo, Japan
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents provided investigative leads to the National Police Agency of Japan (NPA) resulting in the Sept. 26 arrest of two Japanese nationals and the seizure of a firearm.
08/22/2013
Alexandria, VA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Mehdi Khorramshahgol conspired with others in Iran to purchase industrial goods from United States businesses for the Iranian petrochemical industry. The defendant falsely represented that the end users for his purchases were in Dubai.
09/06/2013
New York, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Federal agents arrested two brothers, both of whom worked for law enforcement agencies, Thursday for conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act by exporting high-powered weapons from the United States to the Philippines.
04/28/2011
San Diego, CA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Phillip Andro Jamison, 31, of San Diego, entered his guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jan Adler. His plea is now subject to final acceptance by the federal court judge, or at the sentencing scheduled for Aug. 1. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
12/15/2016
Seattle, WA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

After deliberating about three hours, a jury convicted William Ali, 38, of conspiracy to violate the Arms Export Control Act and attempting to violate the Act. He remains in federal custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled March 16.

04/04/2014
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Sihai Cheng, a citizen of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and Seyed Abolfazl Shahab Jamili an Iranian national, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia following an international investigation by the FBI, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of Commerce's Office of Export Enforcement.
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).
12/10/2013
New Haven, CT
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Babar Ahmad and Syed Talha Ahsan pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Haven federal court to conspiring to provide and providing material support, including funds, personnel and physical items, to the Chechen Mujahideen, the Taliban and associated terrorist groups.
03/20/2018
Minneapolis, MN
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Aliereza Jalali, 39, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Joan N. Ericksen in the District of Minnesota, on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Nov. 29, 2017.

08/12/2015
Boise, ID
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Fazliddin Kurbanov, 33, an Uzbek national, was convicted following a 20-day trial before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge. The jury deliberated two days before reaching its verdict.
02/25/2013
Laredo, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Two Mexican nationals were sentenced to prison Monday for their roles in attempting to smuggle 652 assault rifle magazines into Mexico in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
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.

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