Thursday, April 21, 2016

Orlando woman charged for planning to export drone to China

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 4:32 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA VOICE OF AMERICA
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An Orlando woman has been charged for planning to illegally export American underwater drone technology to China.

Orlando resident Amin Yu, 53, worked on obtaining systems and components used in marine submersible vehicles from 2002 to February 2014, according to the Reuters news service.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that an unsealed indictment revealed Yu knowingly exported materials, which is in violation of U.S. law. 

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted Yu with 18 counts, including unlawful export, money laundering, and conspiring to obtain systems and parts from companies and deliver them to co-conspirators at Harbin Engineering University in China and other "state-controlled entities," according to Voice of America.  

Yu, who is a citizen of China and a legal permanent resident of the United States, will face a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each count of money laundering, if convicted, and a maximum of 10 years for acting as an illegal agent of a foreign government, Reuters reported. Five years will be added on all other counts. 

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