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Pennsylvania man sentenced for his part in smuggling military equipment

HARRISBURG, Penn. - A Nanticoke man who was involved in the smuggling of military equipment from the United States to Russia was sentenced to federal prison on July 29 as a result of an investigation led by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mark Komoroski, 48, was sentenced to 32 months' imprisonment and two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine.

Court records indicate Komoroski conspired to smuggle military equipment including magazines for firearms, face shields, and over 1,000 high powered rifle scopes out of the United States and to Russia to be resold to unknown persons. Komoroski was charged and arrested in January 2008.

"This investigation is another example of how technology, in the wrong hands, could reduce the advantages that our nations law enforcement and military personnel currently possess" said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Philadelphia. "Working with our law enforcement partners, ICE will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals who have no regard for the safety of those who protect our nation."

"The sentencing of Mr. Komoroski demonstrates the Bureau of Industry and Security's commitment to working with our Federal Law Enforcement Partners in preventing the illegal export of dangerous goods." Sidney M. Simon, special agent in charge, U. S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement, New York Field Office.

Working with ICE in the investigation were the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Unit; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Department of Commerce; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Pennsylvania State Police.

U.S. Attorney Smith praised the outstanding cooperation of the federal and state agencies in connection with this investigation. Prosecution was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy H. Fawcett.