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Army Master Sergeant Pleads Guilty To Arms Export Control Act Violation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2012

Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Fidel Ignacio Cisneros (42, Lacey, Washington) pleaded guilty today to a violation of the Arms Export Control Act.  He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Cisneros was indicted on May 16, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, between 2007 and 2010, Cisneros served as a soldier in the United States Army.  He performed various missions in that capacity, in Iraq and elsewhere. While deployed on missions in Iraq, Cisneros came upon a shipping container that contained three Acquired Tactical Illuminating Laser Aimers (Model No. ATILLA-200) and an ACOG rifle scope, in addition to several other items.  He kept them in his possession.  After completing his deployment, Cisneros brought all of these items back to Orlando with him and sold them, over the internet, to a foreign national and arms brokers.  Law enforcement agents subsequently recovered all of the items.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro and Department of Justice Counterespionage Section Trial Attorney Casey Arrowood.

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