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Virginia Corporation sentenced for unlawful export of sensitive electronic components to China

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - WaveLab, Inc., of Reston, Va., was sentenced today to one year of supervised probation and a $15,000 fine, together with $85,000 in forfeiture previously ordered, for the unlawful export of electronic components to the People's Republic of China. The items were listed on the Commerce Control List for national security reasons because of their potential military uses. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Darryl W. Jackson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement; and, Mark X. McGraw, Acting Special Agent in Charge, ICE, Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge T.S. Ellis, III. WaveLab pled guilty to the offense on March 7, 2008.  This case was investigated by ICE, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Bureau of Industry and Security. 

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, WaveLab admitted that it had knowingly and willfully exported hundreds of power amplifiers that could be used in satellite communication of data, voice, and video signals, as well as in wireless data communications. In addition to commercial uses, the power amplifiers had military applications and were therefore controlled during export to China for national security reasons.  WaveLab admitted at its guilty plea that notwithstanding its knowledge of the licensing requirement, it failed to obtain a license for the export of more than 2,400 power amplifiers. The forfeiture of $85,000 represents an approximation of the profits obtained by WaveLab from the unlawful exports.

Assistant United States Attorney James P. Gillis is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.