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02/22/2012
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Neil Felahy, the operations manager for California-based MVP Micro was sentenced to 20 months in prison Wednesday for conspiring to sell counterfeit integrated circuits to the U.S. military, defense contractors and others. The investigation was conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
07/15/2013
Boston, MA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Peter Picone, 40, of Methuen, has been charged with importing counterfeit semiconductors from China for sale in the United States.
08/30/2013
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Arsalan Shemirani has been sentenced to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to illegally export more than 3,000 electronic components from the United States to Iran through Hong Kong, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C.
05/14/2014
New Haven, CT
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Eliyahu Cohen, aka Eli Cohen, 63, of Bnei Brak, Israel, was arrested May 12 on federal felony charges of conspiracy to export U.S. defense articles, unlawful export of U.S. defense articles and conspiracy to commit money laundering. This matter stems from a long-term investigation into a network of military parts purchasers and brokers involved in an alleged conspiracy to export controlled military parts from the United States in violation of U.S. federal criminal law. If convicted of all of the counts of the superseding indictment in which he is charged, Cohen faces a maximum term of 130 years in prison and a fine of up to $7.5 million.
07/02/2015
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Edwin N. Makasiar II, 44, of Lombard, Illinois, was sentenced June 30 by U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis. Makasiar, a registered nurse, pleaded guilty in December to attempting to export defense articles without a license. Makasiar admitted in a plea agreement that he illegally exported at least 32 firearms to the Philippines from 2005 to 2012.
06/29/2016
Wilmington, DE
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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On June 16, 2015, Kan Chen, 26, of Ningbo, China, in Zhejiang Province, was arrested by HSI special agents on the Northern Mariana Island of Saipan following an eight-month investigation into his illegal conduct and has remained in custody.

05/31/2011
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
An Iranian national, who maintained a residence and business in California, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois to two felony charges stemming from his efforts to illegally export missile components and radio test sets from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates.
10/28/2013
Trenton, NJ
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
The owner of two New Jersey defense contracting businesses, Hannah Robert, was arraigned Monday for allegedly transmitting military blueprints to India without a license.
12/22/2017
Wilmington, DE
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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HSI and Department of Commerce OEE Special Agents partner to address vulnerabilities in the export sector and work to conduct Project Shield America (PSA) outreach presentations to certain “reshipper” businesses that are unique to Delaware. 

03/07/2012
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today announced the opening of a multi-agency center established to coordinate and enhance federal export enforcement efforts, the Export Enforcement Coordination Center, or E2C2.
12/20/2013
Greenbelt, MD
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Nader Modanlo, aka Nader Modanlou, aka Nader Modanlu, 53, was also ordered to forfeit $10 million.
08/26/2014
Laredo, TX
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Richard John Medina, aka "El Guero," 40, of Laredo, appeared before U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana, who accepted his guilty plea and handed Medina a 93-month prison sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.
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.

04/21/2011
Washington, DC
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
One individual and his company in New York, and two others and their company in California, were indicted today in the District of Columbia on charges of illegally exporting millions of dollars worth of computer-related equipment from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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. 

05/30/2013
Brooklyn, NY
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

Lisong Ma, 34, was arrested after attempting to close a deal to acquire and export the specialized materials.

01/13/2016
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, was charged in a sealed indictment returned Jan. 6. These charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Houston Police Department.
12/12/2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
Contraband

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon.

03/23/2018
Chicago, IL
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit

A Russian man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for attempting to unlawfully export more than $100,000 in firearm parts, ammunition and accessories, including parts designed for assault rifles.

10/06/2015
Hartford, CT
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Peter Picone, 42, of Methuen, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty on June 3, 2014, to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. In addition to his prison term, Picone must pay $352,076 in restitution to the 31 companies whose circuitry he counterfeited, and to forfeit $70,050 and 12,960 counterfeit integrated circuits.
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.

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